Filed Under Butte

Hawke Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

John and Elizabeth Hawke moved into their newly constructed home circa 1903. The brick-veneered residence features an elegant two-story bay, which, along with the low hipped roofline and the brackets under the wide, projecting eaves, reflects the Italianate style. The roof was originally rolled tin. The low-cost, light-weight, water, and fire proof material was popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The original wrought iron fence, manufactured by Chas. W. Lane of Butte, defines the yard. John Hawke owned a livery stable and invested widely in other Butte enterprises. The respected, conservative businessman represented the well-to-do Fourth Ward on the Butte City Council from 1911 to 1913, a period when working-class Socialists dominated city government. His unexpected death at age 46 cut short his tenure as alderman. Elizabeth died five years later, in 1917, also at age 46, leaving the home to her oldest daughter Nora. In 1920, Nora lived here with her five siblings, ages 28 to 20, her brother-in-law, and a young niece and two young nephews. She sold the residence in the early 1940s.


Hawke Residence
Hawke Residence Hawke Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll17 F32). Front view of the house, 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: Sept. 1981


712 West Broadway Street, Butte, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Hawke Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed June 17, 2024,