Placer Hotel (aka Hotel Placer) • 1913 - Today


The Placer Hotel Under Construction, December 9 1912


FROM THE 1964 LAST CHANCE STAMPEDE PROGRAM • COURTESY OF KITTY ANN QUIGLEY TAALER

The Placer Hotel (aka "Hotel Placer"), southeast corner of Last Chance Gulch and Grand St.
Completed in 1913, the Placer was for many years Helena's finest hotel; it has now been converted to condominiums. The building was designed by George H. Carsley in association with Cass Gilbert.

As an unofficial headquarters for Montana legislators and lobbyists, the Placer was the scene of much political intrigue over the decades. Numerous celebrities called the Placer home during their visits to Helena.



Postcard View of the New Placer

 


The Placer ca. 1916


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION



Placer Hotel, circa 1928


COURTESY OF TOM KILMER

 


Main Street Entrance, circa 1930


 

 

1940s View of the Placer



Note the stylish and welcoming Cheerio Lounge sign.




A 1950s Postcard View



 

 

Placer Hotel Lobby

 

 

Placer lobby from the Mezzanine



Placer Hotel Mezzanine


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD



Placer Hotel Cafe

 


Placer Hotel Ballroom


COLLECTION OF NANCY GOODSPEED



Placer Hotel Barbershop


THE DAVID HULL COLLECTION

 


Chas. H. Pratt, Jeweler


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW


 

The Rathskeller, Basement of the Placer Hotel, 1923


FROM THE 1972 LAST CHANCE STAMPEDE PROGRAM - COURTESY OF KITTY ANN QUIGLEY TAALER




1930s Air Mail Envelope

 

 

Corner of the Placer Hotel, Main at Grand, 1957


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD

 


John F. Kennedy
Room 620

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy stayed overnight at the Placer Hotel in June of 1960. Accompanying him on the trip were Ted Kennedy and Sargent Shriver.

 

 

May 5, 1965 Arson Fire
NO ARRESTS MADE

 



Frederick Delano Killed in Elevator Accident, 1967

Delano was 70 years old, and his co-worker Walter Favorit was 59 at the time of this accident. Favorit died in South Dakota in 1987.

 

Main Street Entrance, 1971
Helena High School Bengalettes


PHOTO BY JAN BROWN, COURTESY OF RICHARD ALBERTSCLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW

 

 

Constuction on what was once Grand Street, 1970s

Urban Renewal eliminated Grand Street, along with all its Victorian buildings.

 

 

Luggage Sticker and Trade Tokens


 


Decorative Detail on Placer Hotel China





Placer Hotel Matchbooks, Room Key & Corkscrew


1940s




1950s



 

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