Filed Under Butte

13 West Broadway

Butte National Historic Landmark District

The stone foundation and masonry fabric of this early 1880s commercial building reflect the change to fireproof building materials after 1879, when a catastrophic fire destroyed most of Main Street. In 1884, the two-story building, like many of its neighbors, had multiple uses. A millinery shop occupied the first floor, the second floor housed a carpet warehouse, and the basement functioned as a dwelling. A second-story, wood-frame bridge connected the warehouse with a dry goods establishment across the alley. By 1890, Thibault and Inghran ran a saloon on the premises, thereby establishing the building’s major commercial use that continues today. Blue and yellow tile highlight the 1930s ground-floor façade, which adds to the architectural history of this well-seasoned building. The upper-floor façade with its two front windows and decorative parapet preserves the building’s 1880s appearance.

Images

13 West Broadway Street 13 West Broadway Street (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD03 F25). Front to side view of the building, facing north to northwest on West Broadway Street near the alley shown to the right of the building in the photograph. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

13 West Broadway Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “13 West Broadway,” Historic Montana, accessed December 1, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1874.