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Anaconda in Deer Lodge County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Ida Block

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

 
 
Ida Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2022
1. Ida Block Marker
Inscription.  Anaconda grew practically overnight. Platted in June 1883, Anaconda already boasted eighty buildings by December 1884, including a wood-frame clothing store on this corner, built by pioneering Jewish merchant Wolfe (William) Copinus. In 1888, Copinus hired architect D. F. McDevitt to design this two-story, brick business block. The building’s recessed entrance, second-story rough-cut stone lintels, decorative molded window hoods, and corbeled (stepped) brick cornice reflect the era’s design aesthetic, which called for creating interest through texture and angles. Named the Ida Block after Copinus’s daughter, it originally housed a corner drugstore and an office and clothing store on Commercial Avenue. By 1896, a saloon had replaced the drug store, and for most of the twentieth century, the Ida housed a saloon or other business for male entertainment. In a brief exception, it was home to the Collier Preparatory and Commercial School, which offered classes—including drafting and blueprint reading—from 1912 to 1916. Women’s suffrage advocates met upstairs in 1913. Despite their efforts, Deer Lodge County rejected women’s suffrage by 59 to 41 percent,
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even as the amendment passed statewide.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 7.828′ N, 112° 57.146′ W. Marker is in Anaconda, Montana, in Deer Lodge County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and East Commercial Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Main Street, Anaconda MT 59711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee Pleasant Driver's Saloon and Club Rooms (a few steps from this marker); Electric Light Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pay Office Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marcus Daly & Company Bank Building (about 400 feet away); Weiss Block (about 400 feet away); Carpenters Union Hall (about 500 feet away); Furst Block (about 500 feet away); 119-125 East Park Avenue (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaconda.
 
Ida Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2022
2. Ida Block and Marker
The marker is on the East Commercial Avenue side of the building.
Ida Block Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 6, 2022
3. Ida Block Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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