William Steele Residence

427 Breckenridge Street, Helena, MT

Queen Anne style house built in 1883

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William Steele Residence

Photo taken by David Jones in June 2019

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'Nineteenth-century charm is well preserved in this 1883 Queen Anne style residence, built by pioneer physician William L. Steele. Its present appearance reflects additions, including a front porch and bay window, made before 1892. Stucco applied over damaged brick veneer following the 1935 earthquakes adds to the architectural chronology of the attractively well-seasoned home. Dr. Steele was elected Miner’s Court president at Alder Gulch during the notorious vigilante trials of 1863-1864. After settling at Last Chance Gulch in 1864, he not only established a medical practice here and cared for hundreds of local families, but also served the community at large. He was elected to the county offices of sheriff, coroner, and treasurer; served three terms as mayor of Helena; and was a state legislator. Until his death in 1910, Dr. Steele and his gracious wife, Agnes, entertained often, making this home “famous for its hospitality.” - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2021: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • September 19, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • July 17, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

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