Gilbert House

203 W Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT


Gilbert House

Wood & stone house

Photo taken by David Jones in August 2019




"Christen Richter, Henry Gilbertís partner in the brewing business, built a home on this site in 1864 and soon added a stone wing. Gilbert purchased both Richterís interest in the business and the house, moving his own dwelling to adjoin it on the east in 1873. Few changes have occurred to the three-part residence since the 1870s; even the fancy trim and period screen doors remain in place. Margaret and Henry Gilbert raised fifteen children in the sprawling home, including daughters Amelia and Clara, who were the first twins born in the area. Gilbert had a varied career as teacher, saddler, and trader before coming to Virginia City at the height of the gold rush. He was a prominent member of the early community, serving two terms as mayor of Virginia City as well as county treasurer and assessor. Gilbert met a tragic end in 1903 when his wagon overturned and pinned him underneath. Several of his sons carried on the brewery business until it closed in 1919." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque


19th Century (37,781)
Built 1873 (425)
Built during 1870s (5,016)
House (27,640)
Madison County, Montana (92)
Montana (2,200)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • August 26, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody
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