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The Bishop House

413 S Idaho St, Dillon, MT 59725, USA
$780,000

Description

Own an historic Victorian gem!

Built in 1887 by John F. Bishop, one of the first men to bring sheep to Montana, the restored “Bishop House” has been called by realtors, architects and appraisers “spectacular and one of the most beautiful Victorians in Montana”.

It has undergone a visionary, meticulous, four-year restoration.

The custom-made crotch walnut, curly cherry and tiger striped maple kitchen island and matching sideboard, illuminated by four gorgeous 1890 brass chandeliers in the transformed gourmet kitchen, epitomize the word “exquisite”.

Twenty-five antique 1890 to 1905 brass chandeliers and light fixtures were added by the restorers, along with high-end, period wallpaper by Thibaut Design, throughout the house.

Stunning perennial gardens filled with hundreds of delphinium, hollyhocks, peonies, roses and many rare period perennials, frame a restored wraparound porch with its breathtaking hanging baskets.

Her striking beauty stops cars of discriminating lovers of Victorian homes from across the U.S. for photos.

The house is located near Blue Ribbon trout fishing waters like The Beaverhead (which runs through the center of town), Big Hole, Madison, Ruby and Jefferson Rivers and is cradled by several mountain ranges. The property is in a very popular area for hunting, skiing and outdoor activities of all kinds.

If you want to live in Montana in an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind house, the “Bishop House” is your chance!

The “Bishop House” Highlights

• 5,046 sq. ft. total/4,000 +/- sq. ft. above ground
• 6 bedrooms/4.5 baths
• Entire exterior of house hand-painted with Victorian-era colors.
• Victorian-era, high-end wallpaper by Thibaut Design throughout house.
• All floors re-done. New bird’s eye maple floors in kitchen, front and back stairs and remodeled kitchen.
• Extensive millwork inside and out, repaired or replaced and painted. Complete restoration of original 9’ vertical grain fir pocket doors between the living room and dining room.
• Re-plastering of all defects to the walls and ceilings.
• Totally re-done wood burning fireplace with new flue, firebox, hearth, chimney and 1870 quarter-sawn oak mantel.
• Totally remodeled gourmet kitchen with custom-made 4’ X 10’ curly maple, crotch walnut and tiger striped maple kitchen island and matching sideboard; Rohl, Shaw’s Original porcelain farmhouse sink; side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer; 8-burner Wolf range and Viking range hood; custom made, hand-painted tile backsplash.
• 24/7 monitored, multi-device total security system.
• Reverse osmosis water filtration system.
• Original two-story, three-bay carriage house updated with new electrical wiring and gas line. 1,000+ sq. ft. second floor.
• Secluded, expansive re-landscaped .49 acre lot with underground sprinkler system and dedicated well.

Some Historical Background on John F. Bishop

(The following is based upon various excerpts from A History of Montana, Beaverhead History and stories that Lenore Bishop McCollum remembers about her grandfather.)

One of the true pioneers of Montana ranching was John Fernando Bishop, who came to the state in 1863 and accomplished much before his death in 1928, in making this a productive region. He was active in mining and sheep raising, and played a considerable part in community development in Dillon in Beaverhead County. He was widely travelled, and his devotion to this region was the considered view of a man who had seen much of the nation.

At age 21, he left Warsaw, New York, westward bound. His course of travels took him to Wisconsin, St. Louis, MO, Leavenworth, KS, and Pike’s Peak, Denver, and Nevada City, CO. Reports of rich gold discoveries lead him to Montana, by wagon train, in 1863. Between 1864 and 1867, he engaged in gold mining and running a freight business. He then settled in the Beaverhead Valley.

In 1869, Bishop went into business with R.A. Reynolds, hoping to buy horses, some of which were for sale in Dalles, Oregon. About 1 July, they left for Oregon with a team of horses and a wagon. By the time they got there, the horse market did not suit them, so they bought a band of about 1,100 sheep. In early August, they started back to Montana trailing the sheep. In November of 1869, about 80 days and 800 miles later, after many trials, tribulations, and frustrations, they arrived at their destination. They were credited for bringing the first documented sheep to the Beaverhead Valley. For many years, Beaverhead County was the largest sheep and wool producing county in the state.

Bishop established “Silver Lake Ranch” eight miles out of Dillon, which consisted of 2,000 acres along the Beaverhead River, where he raised sheep and other livestock, which he owned the ranch until 1899.
In 1874, Bishop travelled back to New York and married Jennie Painter and went back to Montana. They had three daughters. In 1887, the Bishop family moved from their ranch outside of town to the city of Dillon into their large, elegant, new house at 413 South Idaho Street, so their daughters could attend school. The “Bishop House” is said to be one of the first three houses built in the city of Dillon. He made this wonderful house his residence until his death in 1928 at the age of 92. His descendants still live in Dillon.

In large measure, the wealth of what has so justly been called Montana, the Treasure State, is the product, not of the discovery of natural resources, but of the effort and intelligent planning of such men of integrity as John F. Bishop.

Detail

  • Property ID
    180276
  • 6
    Bedrooms
  • 5
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    3836 sqft
  • Lot Size
    0.49 acres
  • Folk Victorian
    Style
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    Year Built
    1887

Updated on September 16, 2019 at 10:11 am

Address

  • Address: 413 S Idaho St, Dillon, MT 59725, USA
  • City: Dillon
  • State/county: Montana
  • Zip/Postal Code: 59725
  • Country: United States

Contact Agent

Pam Genello
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