Hotel Metlen

5 S. Railroad Ave., Dillon, Montana


Hotel Metlen

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1978



Street View 


"As a ranching and agricultural center and major railroad stop between Butte and the Idaho line, Dillonís future looked very bright in the late 1890s. The recent invention of the gold dredge and resurgence of gold mining brought added prosperity to the county. With optimistic vigor in 1897, pioneer politician and businessman Joseph Metlen expressed his support of the community and belief in Dillonís potential with the construction of a $30,000 sixty-room hotel. Grand in scale and rich in detail, Metlen spared no expense on the three-story Second Empire style building. White quarry-faced sandstone, white brick, a tin-covered mansard roof, and interior finishing of Michigan and Oregon pine reveal the best quality materials. The hotel boasted all the most modern conveniences: call bells in every room, electricity, hot and cold water, and a steam heating system ďabsolutely free from hammering.Ē Over 200 distinguished guests attended the formal opening on February 11, 1898, including Governor R. B. Smith and Chief Justice Pemberton. One of Dillonís three surviving landmarks of the early community, the Metlen Hotel remains an important economic and social fixture, providing similar services for over ninety years." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 13, 1983
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Second Empire
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year


19th Century (38,084)
Beaverhead County, Montana (35)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1897 (511)
Built during 1890s (7,683)
Dillon, Montana (12)
Have Street View (50,013)
Hotel (2,865)
Montana (2,299)
Private owner (54,402)
Sandstone (4,861)
Second Empire (1,067)
Stone (26,168)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • November 9, 2021: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • August 26, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • December 7, 2018: New photo from Jim Allen
  • June 28, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody