Filed Under Butte

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Butte

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Fraternal organizations were an important facet of most mining towns and helped establish social and civic stability in early communities. Members of Fidelity Lodge #8 constructed this meeting hall, one of the district’s oldest standing buildings, in 1884. The building’s dual function, with second-story meeting rooms and first-floor commercial space, is typical of the period. The lively façade, enhanced with intricate prefabricated details, directly reflects the impact of the railroad upon Butte’s architectural landscape. Ready-made elements such as the cast-iron storefront with scrolled columns and Corinthian capitals, metal cornice with decorative brackets, and floral-patterned window hoods were shipped by rail, linking Butte to national architectural trends.

Images

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Independent Order of Odd Fellows (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD13 F20). Front view of the building, facing south on West Broadway Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

58 West Broadway Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Butte,” Historic Montana, accessed December 10, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1877.