Filed Under Butte

615-617 1/2 North Excelsior

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Bay-fronted flats with large, two-story porches were a popular solution to Butte’s housing shortage. The city boasted over two hundred of these characteristically urban buildings by 1920, with the majority constructed before 1910. The bay windows brought light and air into the apartments, while the second-story porch provided upstairs residents with ready access to the out-of-doors. Saloonkeeper and neighbor J. E. Lynch was an early owner of this fourplex, constructed between 1900 and 1907. Intended for middle-class residents, the building boasted Tuscan columns on the porch, window transoms with diamond-shaped leaded panes, and attractive brick corbelling along the roofline. In 1910, residents included a Christian Science practitioner, a wholesale tea merchant, and a bookkeeper. Unlike later apartment buildings, the bay-fronted flat features exclusive entrances to each residence. Private entrances represented a compromise between the necessity of sharing a building and the prejudice against apartment living. A common entryway would have been more space efficient, but the separate doorways provided greater privacy in imitation of single-family homes.

Images

615-617 1/2 North Excelsior
615-617 1/2 North Excelsior 615-617 1/2 North Excelsior (PAc 91-51 B3 RollDH09 F33). Front to side view of the building, facing west to southwest on North Excelsior Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Donna Hartmans Date: 1984

Location

615-617 1/2 North Excelsior Avenue, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “615-617 1/2 North Excelsior,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1913.