travel united states montana butte historic residential architecture

Butte's historical residential architecture runs a gammet from ornate brick structures to typical wood frame boxes dressed up with classic ornamentation.

Historical information shown with images are from the following reference:
MONTANA HISTORY WIKI ON BUTTE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE

TRAVEL:
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2015 - Spent a couple hours enjoying and photographing the historical architecture


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Leonard Apartments, Granite St., Butte, Montana, 2015.
Architect: William A. O'Brien
Built: 1906

"Turn-of-the-twentieth-century social critics viewed apartment living as “the most dangerous enemy American domesticity has had to encounter.”
Butte investors ignored this admonition, constructing the fashionable Leonard Apartments in 1906 to help solve an unprecedented demand for housing.
Designed by Butte architect William A. O’Brien, this massive brick building with its graceful twin curved bays, overhanging cornice, and decorative lion medallions lent the city an urban flair.
In 1910, the Leonard Cafe advertised that it was “the best place in Butte to dine.”
Patrons could enjoy a complete dinner for fifty cents. Even today the upward sweep of the building’s façade is impressive, proclaiming the caliber of its architect."

from Montana History Wiki - Butte Historic District website



Tripp & Dragstedt Apartments, 436 Main St., Butte, Montana, 2015.
Architect: Constructed by Charles C. Goddard
Built: 1916

"The Butte Miner declared this “the largest apartment house between St. Paul and Spokane” when it opened in 1916.
The $80,000 building, constructed by Charles C. Goddard, included forty apartments around a U-shaped plan. Each unit was designed so that the living room faced an exterior wall, thus allowing plenty of light.
Amenities included built-in bookcases, separate ventilating systems, and refrigerators.
The fourth floor housed a ballroom, parlors, restrooms, and kitchen while laundry facilities were located in the basement.
The splendid building features a myriad of intricate patterns of Clayton tapestry and Salt Lake bricks offset by granite and ornamental wrought iron.
Today, the Tripp & Dragstedt remains untouched by time in both function and appearance: even the original Otis elevator continues to transport residents.
The building is still Butte’s largest apartment house and serves as a visual bridge between the mixed commercial and residential elements of the neighborhood."

from Montana History Wiki - Butte Historic District website



The Napton, 25 East Granite, Butte, Montana, 2015.
Architect: W. A. O'Brien
Built: 1906

"A grand arched entryway topped by a wooden bracketed cornice and ornate iron rail welcomes visitors to the Napton.
Because downtown apartment buildings were a hallmark of big cities like New York and Chicago, construction of the Napton Apartments in 1906 contributed to Butte’s image as a booming metropolis.
Its construction also reflected investor confidence in Butte’s future, confidence justified by the over $3 million worth of building projects undertaken that year.
Architect W. A. O’Brien designed and oversaw construction of the four-story, three-bay, forty-eight-unit apartment building.
As expected, the Napton soon became home to members of Butte’s professional class from teachers and mining engineers to business owners and stenographers.
Judge George M. Bourquin, who lived here from 1915 through 1939, was undoubtedly the Napton’s most renown resident.
Appointed to the federal bench from 1912 to 1934, Bourquin was a courageous defender of individual civil liberties in the face of the mass hysteria that swept the country during World War I.
His decisions, highly controversial at the time, upheld such rights as freedom of expression and protection from unreasonable search and seizure."

from Montana History Wiki - Butte Historic District website



O'Rourke Apartments, 100 block of Quartz Ave, Butte, Montana, 2015.
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Residential houses, 623 and 6?? N. Main St., Butte, Montana, 2015.



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Residence, 612 Idaho St., Butte, Montana, 2015.



Residence, 620 Idaho St., Butte, Montana, 2015.



Residence, 823 N. Montana St., Butte, Montana, 2015.



Houses,600 block of Idaho St., Butte, Montana, 2015.







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