Dillon City Library

121 S. Idaho St., Dillon, Montana


Dillon City Library

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1978




"As early as 1888, the Reverend and Mrs. Sidney Hooker of the Episcopal Church launched a book club, laying the foundation for this impressive public library. A town meeting in 1890 established a library association, and soon contributions of books, time, and money for the “free library” yielded a modest collection. The books were housed in a variety of settings: a Masonic Lodge room, a grocery store, a bank, and finally, in 1894, the parish house of the Episcopal Church. In 1896, the mayor appointed the first library trustees. Among them was Mrs. Hooker, the grandniece of author Harriet Beecher Stowe, who served as chief librarian. By 1901, the library had enlarged to 2,438 volumes and outgrown its parish home. Trustee secretary Reverend Henry Cope applied to the Andrew Carnegie Endowment Fund. A sum of $7,500 toward the $8,600 cost of a new building was granted. Distinguished Helena architect C. S. Haire designed the Romanesque Revival structure, completed in 1902. A steep gable, octagonal tower, semicircular arches, and carved faces lend a medieval quality to this dignified library built with such civic pride. One of seventeen Montana libraries constructed with Carnegie funds, the Dillon City Library is a tribute to the townspeople who supported its creation and to those who continue to nurture it." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 14, 1978
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Education; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year


20th Century (29,077)
Beaverhead County, Montana (35)
Built 1902 (815)
Built during 1900s (9,511)
C.S. Haire (6)
Dillon, Montana (12)
Granite (5,091)
Library (911)
Montana (2,299)
Owned by local government (11,500)
Romanesque (2,724)
Stone (26,167)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • August 26, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • June 28, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody