Modernism in a Montana Ghost Town: St. Timothy’s at Southern Cross

Southern Cross is a Montana ghost town located in the mountains overlooking Georgetown Lake.  Established c. 1880 and active until World War II, the town retains several historic structures, from a historic boarding house to individual residences to ramshackle mining buildings.

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But there is also one of the most interesting examples of Montana 1960s modernism on the edge of the town:  St. Timothy Memorial Chapel.  This contemporary styled mix of native stone, timber, and geometric angles dates to 1965. It was built as a community church, in memory of Timothy Dillon Bowman by his parents John W. and Crete Dillon Bowman.

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Timothy Bowman had died in 1956, and his parents picked out a beautiful view of Georgetown Lake for the chapel site.

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The building has changed very little since its construction almost 50 years ago and the county has few churches, really buildings of any sort, that compare with its modern Rustic styling.

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