Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is dedicated to highlighting art created by contemporary Montana and Northwest regional artists.
Backstory and Context
By 1893, Great Falls was an established, prosperous community whose economy was driven by the thriving railroad and agricultural industries. The city decided to build a grand high school to not only provide a place for learning but to also project the city's optimism for the future. The Silver Panic of 1893 delayed the start of construction so the school was not finished until 1896. The building is large, boasting 45,000 square-feet of space and originally had an impressive four-sided clock tower, which was later removed twenty years later because it was too heavy. A new building was erected for the high school in 1930 and the old building became the Paris Gibson Junior High School. It closed in 1975 and the museum opened two years later. Since then, museum has been the main cultural and educational center in the county.
DeHaas, John N. et al. "Great Falls Central High School." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. September 1, 1976. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/929ccaae-11b4-4e3c-a8b9-f10f9621d409.
"History of the Square." Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Accessed July 30, 2020. https://www.the-square.org/history.
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