Rouse House

506 E. Babcock, Bozeman, Montana



"In 1861, Daniel E. Rouse moved from Minnesota to what would become Montana. He joined John Bozeman and W. J. Beall three years later in laying out the original townsite of Bozeman. At that time, his own residence was a simple log cabin. Rouse’s Additions were among the first extensions of the town and, in the second of these, Rouse reserved a large corner lot for his own family home. It was constructed in 1881, during the building boom initiated by the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad. At that time, Bozeman residents favored brick as a building material of permanence, and so it was in scarce supply. But Daniel Rouse owned a brickyard. Architecturally, the house is an excellent example of the I-House building type that is common in Bozeman, and is notable for the stone springers and keystones that ornament the segmental arches of all its windows and doors." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 23, 1987
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year


19th Century (38,000)
Bozeman MRA (46)
Bozeman, Montana (66)
Brick (42,464)
Built 1881 (391)
Built during 1880s (6,526)
Daniel E. Rouse (1)
Gallatin County, Montana (134)
House (27,767)
Italianate (5,116)
Montana (2,202)
Private owner (54,399)
Stone (26,167)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information