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Largent School the pillars of Health and Education

Like most Montana towns the older downtown buildings give the town it’s character and Great Falls is no different. The old Largent School is one of the coolest buildings in Great Falls with the most character of all the buildings in the downtown area. It was built in 1913 and opened as a school in 1917.  I have a few personal ties to this building. when I was a kid I remember hanging out with my dad as he worked to get his GED when it was a alliterative education center. Then in 2004 the company I work for remodeled it and turned it into the Golden Triangle Mental Health and I was the  project superintendent. When we remodeled it the owners insisted that we keep the historic look and feel of the building. We went to great lengths to do so. For example  we changed out the windows with a custom high performance window that looked identical to the old windows. When I looked up the building the only way I could see which windows were changed was by looking for the stickers that were still on the new windows. There was also an upgrade to the fire safety system and when we were in the “Crawlspace” we found news papers that dated back to 1918 (see other photos). It is amazing to look at that paper and be able to look back in time. What a cool project!

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