Martin Barrett House

733 S. Pacific, Dillon, Montana


Martin Barrett House Dillon Montana

Photo taken by David Jones in August 2019




"The Martin Barrett House, built in 1912, was the in-town retirement home of prominent pioneer rancher, politician and philanthropist Martin Barrett and his wife Alice. One of the finest examples of early-twentieth-century architecture in Dillon, the Barrett House combines the grace and symmetry of the Colonial Revival style with the horizontal rooflines of the Prairie style. Born in Ireland, Martin Barrett arrived in Montana Territory in 1863, wisely choosing to make his fortune in the goldfields by raising stock at Horse Prairie. By 1871, he ran 2,000 head of shorthorn cattle on 4,500 acres. He was elected to two terms in the territorial legislature and was the Beaverhead County Stock Commissioner for six years in the early 1900s. He served on the Dillon School Board, but was defeated by his wife, who then served as a board member for the next twenty-two years. Martin Barrett also was a founding member and vice president of the Dillon State Bank. In 1921, he donated $100,000 towards the construction of a new hospital in Dillon, named for him as its major benefactor." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 28, 1987
Reference number
NR name
Barrett, Martin, House
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; American Movement: Prairie School
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
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
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2019: New photo from David Jones
  • August 26, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • July 15, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information