William Steele Residence

Title

William Steele Residence

Description

Nineteenth-century charm is well preserved in this 1883 Queen Anne style residence, built by pioneer physician William L. Steele. Its present appearance reflects additions, including a front porch and bay window, made before 1892. Stucco applied over damaged brick veneer following the 1935 earthquakes adds to the architectural chronology of the attractively well-seasoned home. Dr. Steele was elected Miner’s Court president at Alder Gulch during the notorious vigilante trials of 1863-1864. After settling at Last Chance Gulch in 1864, he not only established a medical practice here and cared for hundreds of local families, but also served the community at large. He was elected to the county offices of sheriff, coroner, and treasurer; served three terms as mayor of Helena; and was a state legislator. Until his death in 1910, Dr. Steele and his gracious wife, Agnes, entertained often, making this home “famous for its hospitality.”

Creator

The Montana National Register Sign Program

Type

residential structures
building | contributing

District

Helena Historic District

Street Address

427 Breckenridge, Helena, Montana

County

Lewis and Clark county