Filed Under Butte

First Baptist Church, Butte

Butte National Historic Landmark District

In 1882, the Baptists established their first church in Butte. By 1890, membership numbered 65 and steadily grew until, at 450 members in 1905, new quarters were imperative. The following year marked the beginning of an unprecedented commercial building boom, and the Butte Miner reported on June 17, 1906, that the week would “…witness the beginning of several splendid structures not exactly in the business heart of the city.” One of these buildings was the impressive First Baptist Church, designed and built by Charles Passmore & Company at a cost of $25,000. Triple-arched windows with beautiful stained glass highlight the main tower, whose pyramidal roof dignifies the neighborhood. Comparison of this church and the nearby Mountain View Methodist Church reveals distinct similarities, but window placement and architectural detailing make each unique.

Images

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church First Baptist Church (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll15 F17). Front to side view of the church building, facing northwest on the corner of Montana Street and West Broadway Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981

Location

201 West Broadway Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “First Baptist Church, Butte,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1881.