Riverside

Also known as: Daly Mansion
Eastside Hwy., Hamilton, Montana

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Daly Mansion

Photo taken by Richard Doody in June 2019

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Description 

"Riverside served as the summer residence of Margaret Daly, widow of copper magnate Marcus Daly, from its completion in 1910 until her death here in 1941. Daly himself had begun buying Bitterroot Valley land in 1887, eventually owning 28,000 acres. After Daly’s death in 1900, Mrs. Daly had Riverside constructed and managed local family properties and the family syndicate that oversaw Daly interests. This home is a unique Montana example of early-twentieth-century revival styles that successful capitalists used to display their wealth. Because the Panic of 1893 destroyed many mining-based fortunes here, and out-of-state investors financed later mining ventures, grand homes were a thing of Montana’s past by the time Mrs. Daly constructed Riverside. Missoula architect A. J. Gibson designed this house in the Georgian Revival style. Although comparatively restrained for mansions of this period, the house’s outstanding features include its monumental, classical portico, symmetrical façade, hipped roof, and balustrated roof deck. Today, the appearance of the interior decoration and professionally landscaped grounds is virtually unchanged from that of 1910." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1987
Reference number
87001235
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Georgian Revival
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1910
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • June 28, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody

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