Charles M. Russell House and Studio

1217--1219 4th Ave., N., Great Falls, Montana


Great Falls C. M. Russell Museum

By Roger Wollstadt - Flickr: Great Falls - C. M. Russell Museum, CC BY-SA 2.0,




Charles Russell was a cowboy with a purpose. Witnessing and participating in the waning days of the legendary American West, he recorded what he saw in paintings and in sculpture. He became one of America's most popular and successful artists, and in 1911 his adopted state commissioned him to paint Lewis and Clark's meeting with the Oollashoot Indians for the state capitol in Helena. Russell was further honored by being selected to be one of Montana's representatives in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. The frame house where the artist lived from 1900 to 1926 was moved a short distance in 1973. The adjacent log studio he built in 1903 is now a museum honoring him. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 21, 1965

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
NR name
Russell, Charles M., House and Studio
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Professional; Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1900; 1903; 1926
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger