Historic downtown Helena home up for demolition

Nolan Lister

Owners of a house in Helena’s Rodney Street neighborhood that once belonged to a member of a historic Yellowstone exploration party are requesting permission to demolish the two-story structure.

Located at 320 E. Broadway St., the building weathered a fire in 2018, was sold in 2019 and has stood unoccupied ever since.

The Heritage Tourism Council (HTC) is expected to make a formal recommendation after hearing presentations from the applicants and Helena/Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation Officer Pam Attardo during its second public hearing on the matter slated for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in room 234 of the City-County Building, 316 N. Park Ave.

Several real estate websites list the home as being built in 1882. However, the Montana Historical Society says in an online posting it was built in 1878. 

The demolition permit applicant and owner, Bent Tree Enterprises, intends to level the now converted four-unit multifamily dwelling and build an eight-unit apartment building, according to a Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council staff report.

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