Adams Hotel

Also known as: Lehfeldt Hotel, Lavina Lutheran Church, 24GV0161
1 Main St., Lavina, Montana

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Adams Hotel Lavina MT

Photo taken by David Jones in January 2019

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Description 

"Rancher Ludwig C. Lehfeldt sold 33,000 acres of ranch land to the Milwaukee Road in 1907 prompting the relocation of the Lavina townsite. Realizing the need for a hotel, Lehfeldt hired architects Link and Haire—who drew the plans for the 1910 additions to the Montana State Capitol—to design the impressive Colonial Revival style building. Lehfeldt named the hotel, completed for $20,000 in fall 1908, after his friend, Milwaukee Road vice president John Q. Adams. The Adams' main entrance faced Main Street with a secondary north entrance facing the railroad tracks and depot. It was a first-class establishment offering steam heat, gas lighting, a bar generously stocked with the finest liquors and cigars, an elegant dining room serving fine meals, and a ladies’ withdrawing room on the second floor. Each guest room was beautifully appointed with carpeting, fine furnishings, and a matching china washbowl and pitcher set. Pure linen sheets and down comforters promised a good night's rest even in the coldest winter weather. The grand two-story hostelry hosted dances and social events in its spacious dining room and lobby and thus became the center of local hospitality. Lavina flourished with the homestead boom but drought, crop failures, and bank closures took their toll. The Adams declined, few guests stayed in its once-opulent rooms, and by the mid-1920s the hotel closed. From the 1930s through the 1970s, the Lutheran Church used the bar area as its chapel. After changing hands several times, restoration began in 2000." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 2005
Reference number
05001377
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Hotel
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1908; 1929

Update Log 

  • February 5, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • July 18, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • January 16, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • November 22, 2018: New photo from David Jones

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Adams Hotel
Posted January 16, 2019, by Richard Doody (rpdoody3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There's nice article describing the history of and ongoing restoration of this hotel @

https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/supporters-look-to-restore-historic-adams-hotel-in-lavina/article_7592a219-6a18-5135-b0e9-20e2c6a36519.html

Thanks for posting this and many other treasures of the Treasure State. If this establishment was in Bozeman or Missoula they'd be charging $300 a night.