Rundle Building

Also known as: Glasgow Hotel
208 Fifth St. S, Glasgow, Montana

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Rundle Building Glasgow MT

View from the east

Photo taken by David Jones in July 2019

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Description 

"Interest in Spanish Mission architecture reached its height in 1915, after the Panama California Exposition popularized the style far beyond the Southwest. Building in the highly recognizable style allowed small town boosters to project a modern, cosmopolitan image. No wonder the premier Montana architectural firm of Link and Haire included colorful terra-cotta detailing, decorative brickwork, and high, shaped parapets—all Mission style elements—in their design for this three-story building, headquarters of the Rundle Title and Abstract Company. The firm's principal, land locator Sidney Rundle, was one of Glasgow's biggest boosters, and his fortune was tied directly to the area's ability to attract homesteaders. His up-to-date building became the center of Glasgow commerce and recreation. Its basement housed a billiards room, bowling alley, and five-chair barber shop with a Turkish bath steam cabinet and two showers, where customers could clean themselves up for a night on the town. Occupying the first floor were ten retail establishments, boasting modern display cases "after the fashion of the big office buildings in the largest cities" and electric lights that illuminated "every nook and corner." Offices, the abstract company's fireproof vault, and club rooms for the use of the city's businessmen filled the second floor. A forty-room hotel, later converted into apartments, topped the building. The Glasgow Courier moved into the business block after 1920. The renowned Sam Gilluly covered Fort Peck Dam's construction and the rise of Glasgow Air Base from his office here during his thirty-year tenure as the Courier's legendary editor." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 2006
Reference number
06001092
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Western Commercial
Areas of significance
Commerce; Community Planning and Development; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Hotel; Specialty store
Current functions
Multiple dwelling; Specialty store
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
1916

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • July 31, 2019: New photos from David Jones

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