Filed Under Butte

105 West Center

Butte National Historic Landmark District

William and Ellen Burt owned this L-shaped residence free and clear in 1920, but not the ground upon which it sat. As with many Centerville homes, the Anaconda Company kept ownership of the land, retaining the right to extract or explore for ore “in, on, or beneath the surface of the Property.” Understandably, Centerville homeowners tended to build functional, no-frill houses; leases like this one provided a disincentive to invest heavily in a home. The threat of eviction was real as residents of nearby Meaderville learned when the Berkeley Pit swallowed their neighborhood in the 1960s. Yet, despite the implied impermanence, Centerville was a congenial place for families like the Burts, who wanted affordable, single-family dwellings, compatible neighbors, and easy access to work in the mines. William and Ellen Burt, who emigrated from England in 1908, would have felt particularly welcomed by Centerville’s large Cornish population. And the streetcars that passed their house every twenty minutes provided William with reliable transportation when he was not working at one of the mines in walking distance.

Images

105 West Center 105 West Center (PAc 91-51 B5 RollBS01 F36). Front to side view of the house, facing north on West Center Street with a glimpse of 107 West Center Street (also on the National Register of Historic Places) to the west/left in the photograph of the house. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Brian Shovers Date: 1984

Location

105 West Center Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “105 West Center,” Historic Montana, accessed December 1, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1897.