Welcome to the home of Darrell and Angela Tuss

By: 
DIANA HARRIS
CMMC Hospice Volunteer

If it’s been a while since you were last in the Hackamore Club, the changes may surprise you. Darrell and Angela Tuss have completely renovated the building, now a private home. Take the opportunity to see what’s new during the Hospice Home Tours Nov. 27.    

Photo courtesy of Eileen Stahl

Darrell and Angela Tuss looked at the Hackamore Club, and contemplated taking on the task of turning the well known, closed, bar and restaurant into their home. It would take a lot of fortitude, imagination and just plain hard work. Indeed, a daunting mission for most. In April 2010, they took the plunge and the results of their efforts will not disappoint. Reclaiming and repurposing is a very special skill, and one might even say an art. To do it well takes a lot of patience and vision. This home is the perfect example of both.

Fred Gottle and Notch Plovanic began construction on the Hackamore Club in 1940, with the help of Gordon Eastman. They went to fight a war in 1940 during WWII, but returned in 1942 and finished their bar and restaurant.

From the moment you arrive at the front door, you know this isn’t just any remodel. You will get the impression of a Tuscan cottage of color and texture. The stucco arches define the covered walkway around the house. With creative wrought iron scrolling along the way, you are led to the backyard, a peaceful respite. The covered patio is complete with a bar area constructed with reclaimed wood planks, weathered to perfection, and ornamental windows of leaded glass. The rocked fire pit and wrought iron gazebo add to this delightful garden area.

Inside, Darrell and Angela have flawlessly mixed the old with the new. Entering into the front door, the foyer is complete with a crystal chandelier and a wonderful vintage piano. And if you remember where the mens and ladies rooms were, they’re still there. But you won’t recognize them, each one different from the other and beautifully appointed with unique touches of tile and artwork. And then there’s the kitchen. Placed in the thoroughly modern expansive kitchen, sits a wood cook stove and it fits in perfectly. From the lighting above, to the large island with the cherry butcher-block counter, this kitchen is incredible. There was no detail overlooked.

The fireplace in the original portion of the Hackamore Club still adorns the room. It adds to the welcoming, cozy atmosphere of the area. One can only imagine the fireside conversations that took place for many a year. Like the rest of the home, there is no shortage of ingenuity in this very special space either. The counter in the bar area is a repurposed workstation from a local business, now capped with a stunning wood slab from the Columbia Falls area. The cabinet has been re-paneled with roofing tin from a lumberyard in Stanford, all highlighted perfectly in a rich patina tone. The walls have a wainscoting of the patina tin roofing and rich, warm colored lumber from the Columbia Falls area.  That same lumber adorns the ceiling.

If you’re thinking about remodeling or just appreciate what others have done, this home will inspire you to think outside the box.

The Tusses are looking forward to sharing their lovely home Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the Central Montana Medical Center Hospice Christmas Memories and Home Tours, to help assist Hospice in its continuing quest to bring excellent care to our community. Other homes to visit during the tour include Paul and Diana Harris’s, the Montgomery Cabin, and Katie’s House, owned by Eric and Emma Wickens. Read more about event ticket information below.

Enjoy this year’s theme, “Home Tweet Home,” and festivities at Jack’s Hangar on Airport Road. For your convenience, Lewistown’s Kiwanis Club is helping with parking again this year. Harry’s Place is preparing the delicious buffet. While at Jack’s Hangar, visit Annie’s Fizz Bizz to add choice toppings to your brownie sundae sponsored by Jack and Ann Morgenstern and Century Companies, Inc. You will be able to submit your bids throughout the day on your favorite silent auction items donated by community artisans and craftsmen. Pick out your favorite holiday sweet shop goodies and this year’s ornaments from the commemorative ornament tree. You can buy raffle tickets to win a Chico Hot Springs jacuzzi cabin winter getaway package for two. There will be three winners to be drawn at the event.

This is a wonderful part of the Country Christmas Weekend in Lewistown, and will be the 26th year that Christmas Memories and Home Tours raises money to benefit CMMC Hospice patients and their families. Pick up your tickets at CMMC Hospice, Don’s Store, Alpine Floral, Seiden Drug, Smart’s Abbey Carpet or the Lewistown Art Center. You can also get your tickets at the CMMC Hospice booths on Nov. 12 at the Country Christmas Craft Show at the fairground’s Trade Center or at Alpine Floral’s open house. Call Eileen V. Stahl at 535-1479 or 535-6302 to get more information, or if you would like to support CMMC Hospice patients by buying Chico Hot Springs raffle tickets or donating sweet shop goodies or silent auction items.

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