George H. Carsley

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George Hollis Carsley
Born April 7, 1870
Wisconsin, U.S.
Died July 4, 1933
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Occupation Architect

George H. Carsley (April 7, 1870 - July 4, 1933) was an American architect. He designed many buildings in Helena, Montana, including structures now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He also designed a number of buildings on the campus of the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.

Early life[edit]

George Hollis Carsley was born on April 7, 1870 in Wisconsin.[1] He grew up in Helena, Montana.[1] He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1896.[1]

The Montana Club, designed by Gilbert & Carsley.


Carsley began his career by working for architect Cass Gilbert in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[1]

The Placer Hotel, designed by Carsley.

Carsley established his own architectural practice in Helena, Montana in 1911.[1] He designed the Confederate Memorial Fountain in Hill Park in 1916.[2] Commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, it was one of few Confederate memorials in the Northwestern United States.[2]

With Gilbert, Carsley designed the masterplan of the campus of the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana in 1917.[1] He also designed the Gymnasium and the Forestry Building in 1922, and Corbin Hall in 1927.[1] With Gilbert, he also designed Helena's Montana Club.[3]

Additionally, Carsley's architectural drawings at the Montana Historical Society Library show that he designed Helena's Placer Hotel,[4] which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property to the Helena Historic District.[5]


Carsley died on July 4, 1933.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "A History of Campus Planning: ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS: CASS GILBERT & GEORGE H. CARSLEY". Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The University of Montana. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bridge, Thom (July 4, 2015). "Helena officials to discuss Confederate memorial fountain". The Montana Standard. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Van West, Carroll (Spring 1988). "The Arch in Helena's Nineteenth Century Architecture". Montana: The Magazine of Western History. 38 (2): 77–79. JSTOR 4519137.
  4. ^ "George H. Carsley architectural drawings". WorldCat. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory--Nomination Form: Helena Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved April 7, 2017.