Filed Under Butte

John Gillie Home

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Armed with a degree in mining engineering, Canadian John Gillie arrived in Butte via stagecoach on April 6, 1880. The mining camp was so crowded that even hotel floor space rented at a premium. Gillie bedded down in in the hayloft of a barn, a rude beginning to a long and distinguished career. Gillie became known as “dean of Montana mining engineers.” He was so highly regarded that, even though copper kings W. A. Clark and Marcus Daly were at daggers’ points, both employed Gillie as examining engineer; he later served as superintendent of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. In 1895, the Montana legislature appointed Gillie secretary of the commission to establish the Montana School of Mines (now Montana Tech). By 1890, he and his wife, Margaret, settled into this home, which they owned until Gillie’s death in 1941. One of the first residences west of the original townsite, its simple elegance and more rural appearance set this home apart from its later high-styled neighbors.


John Gillie House
John Gillie House John Gillie House, facing west, front view. Source: Creator: Date: June 2008
John Gillie Home
John Gillie Home John Gillie Home (PAc 91-51 B4 RollMM01 F07). Front to side view of the house, facing southwest on the corner of North Excelsior Avenue and West Broadway Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: M. Murphy Date: 1985


27 North Excelsior Avenue, Butte, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “John Gillie Home,” Historic Montana, accessed May 21, 2024,