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Louis Heitman residence, project
Purcell, Feick and Elmslie
Helena, Montana  1911

Text by William Gray Purcell
Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1911

Job Date (in Parabiographies): 1911

L. Heitman, Helena, Montana

It would appear that the first Heitman plans were made in 1911, lay fallow for five years until 1916, when they were revised, and being still too expensive, were laid aside for a new project (#299) that was built during the fall and winter of 1916-1917 and stand in 1942 the most "modern" architecture in Helena. As often happens, the final project as built was more elaborate and cost more money than the two earlier projects that were laid aside as "too expensive."

The first Heitman working drawings (#122) came very near to seeing the light of day as a building when we recommended them as they stood in 1927 to my brother-in-law, Earl Miller in River Forest, Illinois. Sixteen years had not dimmed their vitality and although Earl and Hilda made many changes and Strauel finally was obliged to make a wholly new set of plans (Building #701) the original Heitman design had a strong influence on this $30,000 dwelling completed only two years before the Great Depression closed in on both buildings and business in the U.S.A.

For a complete account of this Heitman dwelling see Building #299 in the year 1916.


   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.5]
research courtesy mark hammons