CPR encourages interested parties to investigate these properties. We hope that they can be preserved and developed for community or private use.
This building stands in good exterior condition. The Catholic diocese in Helena is presumably behind the effort to demolish. Parking is NOT a problem there. It seems quite obvious that they just don't want to own the building anymore. If someone were interested in acquiring it for a residence, the Church might let it go for relatively little plus the cost of a land survey. Help save a cool building!
CPR believes that this early gas station, dating to at least 1927, deserves to be saved. A possible interpretive space or covered picnic area, the structure is crumbling and ugly. The wooden canopy is supported by steel beams on brick piers, and the original tin ceiling is intact. Jerkin-headed gables (tips of gables are clipped and slope back) mark the north and south ends of the roof.
1979 photo from Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), Library of Congress
Detail showing edge of roof and original tin ceiling