Big Sky Chronicles: The Chessman

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The Chessman Flats were built by the same architect who commissioned the Governor’s Mansion on 6th and Ewing.

The structure was built as a private apartment building and still serves that purpose today.  Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith takes you inside on an exclusive tour in this week's Big Sky Chronicles.

Helen Admuson of C&H Property Management, says, "In 1890, one Mr. Chessman built this building, they used to park horses out front instead of cars."

The exterior still has its Queen Anne style and charm.

Helen Admuson says, ''Gables, bays, rounded turret like corners that really exhilarated the exuberance of the period."

The building was originally five, three story townhomes.

Cleber Amundson of C&H Property Management, says, "The main floors were living quarters, the 2nd floors were their sleeping quarters and the 3rd floor was servants or housekeepers.”

The building has been in Cleber and Helen Admunson's family since the 1970's.  Since then the inside has undergone some changes.

Cleber Admuson says, "Rearrange stairways, run plumbing, build kitchens, bathrooms on each floor.”

Transforming the 5 units into 17 apartments.  The building has been altered over the years, but it still is filled with many of its original features, making each apartment unique. 

Other original features include the fireplaces, each one is a different style, door knobs, and radiators.  They say the building holds a special place in their hearts.  This year marks the buildings 121st birthday.


Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Big Sky Plumbing & Heating of Helena.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

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