HISTORIC DISTRICTS in Bozeman, mt

Bozeman is one of the most beautiful places in Montana. From stunning mountain views surrounding you on all sides to crystal clear lakes and rivers, Bozeman has something for everyone. But this city isn’t just another pretty face, another thing Bozeman has is a deep and rich history that is ingrained in the very ground we walk on. In this blog, we will walk through some of the most significant architectural pieces and districts in historic downtown Bozeman. There are tons of unique areas, as the city of Bozeman was established in April 1883.

 

Let's dive into the historic districts in Bozeman, Montana! Each with its own unique character, we not only have descriptions of each, but also current listings!

Some have no current active listings, but continue to check this page, as new homes may pop up in your specific historic district of interest. 

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Check out our recent YouTube video, where Tamara covers all the secrets behind Bozeman Historical Districts, and purchasing a Historic Bozeman Home.

 

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Downtown Bozeman Historic Map

 

Without further ado, here are the beautiful historic districts of Bozeman,

 

Bon Ton Historic District Bozeman, MT

Bon Ton District

The Bon Ton District expands the streets from West Cleveland Street to South Wilson and is home to some of Bozeman’s most beautiful historical residencies. With architecture styles ranging from Queen Anne, Italianate, and Colonial Revival Style King houses, which include massive wrap-around porches and balconies, these elegant styles date back to the 1880s up until the 1930s. Sophisticated concrete lamp posts illuminate the streets of the eastern and southern boundaries of the district. Just east of Bon Ton is South Tracy/ South Black Historic District and to the west is Cooper Park Historic District. This district is also a very short distance to Downtown Bozeman on Main Street located north.

Bon Ton Historic District Bozeman

South Tracy/ South Black District

Lining the streets of S. Tracy and S. Black Avenue connecting Alderson and Olive Street is the South Tracy District. It developed at a very early time in Bozeman’s history and is now home to 93 popular architectural-style homes, a large school, and a grocery store. With a substantial amount of remarkable architecture, you will find a diverse selection of 19th-century houses as well as numerous Bungalow style homes as well. The streets of this district are lined with lush trees creating a welcoming and vibrant, neighborly environment. 

The northern division of the South tract is The South Black Historic District containing some of Bozeman’s earliest residential structures and is one of the first joining residential areas to build off of Main Street. The large variety of distinct significant historic architecture found on S. Tracy and S. Black sets it apart from others by giving it a high level of cohesiveness and integrity. The district is primarily known for its fine collection of early 20th-century structures. Several houses within the district rank among the most significant buildings in Bozeman. 

South Tracy/ South Black Historic District Bozeman

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Copper Park District

The Copper Park Historic District is home to over 250 different houses and streets lined with lush trees. This district is between the two major central points of city life, Montana State University and Main Street. Featuring styles like Queen Anne and Colonial Revival, this district has a primarily predominate style of hip-roofed, one story Bungalows with a variety of roof textures, recessed porches, and oriel windows. Most of these Bungalows style their original color schemes, typically beige and brown with white trim.  This style is simple yet elegant and includes low proportions, gabled porches, and simple ornamentation. Classic Cottages.

 A large number of the houses within the district were built by local Bozeman carpenters, and many of the houses were built in identical pairs and groups of very similar homes. Many houses throughout the district display elements of a variety of Craftsmanship styles such as cobblestone foundations, chimneys, and piers. The beautiful and shady streets of the Copper Park Historic District along with over 250 maintained houses make up the largest architecturally cohesive residential area in Bozeman. The district is effectively a compilation of simple pattern book houses and a clearly progressive era.

Lindley Place District

Copper Park Historic District

Lindley Place District

The Lindley Place Historic District is home to a small scale, but condensed and cohesive group of popular architectural houses developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It contains many of the oldest and more well-preserved houses in the city. With no cross street, this street consisting of two blocks stands alone on the eastern border of the city’s residential grid. 

Lindley Place district is home to some enchanting scenery. Just east flows Bozeman Creek and just east of that is the big and beautiful Bogart Park. Many historical supplements remain such as a cast iron hitching post, sidewalks imprinted “Lindley Place, 1906” and at least 20 houses dating back to the 1880s.

Lindley Place Historic District Bozeman

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Main Street District

Main Street District

The Main Street Historic District is lactated in the heart of Downtown Bozeman on both sides of Main Street between Rouse Avenue and W. Wilson Avenue and boarding W. Babcock Avenue on the south side. The district is composed primarily of commercial, brick buildings of different style designs and heights, but all are unified at street level with eccentric storefronts and canopies. 

Just under a quarter of the building in this District date back to the 1870s through 1890s and are concentrated on the eastern side of the district to form a clear architectural category. All are composed primarily of brick and express elements of Commercial Queen Anne and Italianate Styles. Fifty percent of the buildings in this district arouse from the period 1900 to 1903. These structures display a higher variety of style, color, and material than those of the 19th century with glazed brick and more complex displays. 

 

Main Street Historic District Bozeman

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South Tracy District

The South Tracy District paints a vivid picture of the early 20th century rapid expansion of Bozeman witch Bungalows that date back to 1917. This district's small size is chalked full of buildings that represent not only a very significant person of exponential growth in Bozeman but also the first-ever use of automobiles!  This compact group of seven, one-story, gable front-to-the-street,  Bungalows runs along the east side is S. Tracy Avenue. These modest, similar Bungalow style residencies each have their own separate garages and many have undergone a variety of alterations over the past two decades. The location at the top of a hill enhances the cohesiveness of the district and its consistency of form. Despite extensive construction through the city during the early 20th century, this district remained an isolated unit until the mid-1930s.

 

South Tracy Avenue Historic District

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Bozeman Brewery District

Bozeman’s Brewery Historic District is located on the northeastern bend of the city next to the Northern Pacific Railroad depot. The Bozeman Brewery building was built in 1895 along the blocks of North Wallace Avenue and served the city up until the passage of prohibition in 1919. The building has now been altered in size with the demolition of the eastern three bays. This district is a significant representation of the historic brewing complex of refrigeration. 

While undergoing some architectural renovations, all of the buildings within the Bozeman Brewery Historic District have retained a high level of historic and architectural integrity. Aside from the Brewery building itself, the district's historical integrity allows us to accurately recall its early function of residential and industrial buildings that reflect a significant aspect of Bozeman’s development.

While visiting this neighborhood, I had the pleasure of speaking with the homeowner of 216 N Church Ave, one of the neighboring houses of the Apollo J. Busch House. She told me how the house was on the market for roughly $80,000 in the early 1980s when they purchased the home, and how today, she had turned down various multi-million offers for it. Many of these old historical homes come with a built-in chicken coop and guest house as this one did as well. The home also received a new foundation recently giving it a more stable structure as well as making it stand out in the neighborhood

 

Bozeman Brewery Historic District

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North Tracy District

The North Tracy Avenue Historic District is the home to the most significant cluster of historic residential architecture north of Main Street. This district is well preserved and stretches two blocks from Villard to Peach Streets and contains 28 diverse yet modest residences. The historical continuity of the street has remained in nine of the residences as they’ve retained their original designs, tightening and defining the overall architectural integrity and cohesiveness of the district in comparison to neighboring streets. The district is unified through eleven Bungalow style homes and nine diverse, 19th-century homes. Most of the houses in the North Tracy Avenue Historic District were built by local architects after a clear preference for neighborhoods developed among the population, consequentially making the houses more elaborate and of better quality. 

 

North Tracy Avenue Historic District Bozeman

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