Filed Under Butte

Gannon Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Home ownership symbolized independence and respectability when John and Rose Gannon constructed this five-room cottage circa 1904. A pared-down version of a high-style asymmetrical Queen Anne residence, the brick home represented a stake for thirty-six-year-old John Gannon, an oiler at the Diamond Mine. A 1900 report noted the construction of many such homes across Butte, asserting that the "pretty little cottages" provided "eloquent testimony to the improved morale of the labor employed in the mines" and the miners' assimilation into civic and community life. The Gannons raised four children here, including daughter Rosemary, who continued to occupy the residence into the 1980s. A dedicated elementary school teacher and accomplished pianist, Rosemary typified the unsung women whose volunteer service sustained many community institutions. Her causes included the Big Butte Volunteer Fire Department, the Daughters of Isabella (a Catholic women's organization), and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for women educators. In 1972 she received national recognition as an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America for her distinguished service at Sherman School in Walkerville, where she taught for 43 years.

Images

Gannon Residence
Gannon Residence Gannon Residence (PAc 91-51 B4 RollMM02 F09). Front view of the house, facing north on Missoula Avenue near the corner of Missoula and North Excelsior Avenue. The tree to the right of the bay window and entry walk is no longer there, as well as two other trees to the north in the fenced yard. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: M. Murphy Date: 1985
Gannon Residence
Gannon Residence Gannon Residence (PAc 91-51 B4 RollMM02 F10). Front to side view of the house, facing west on North Excelsior Avenue near the corner of North Excelsior and Missoula Avenue. The tree featured in this photograph are no longer there. However, the tree to the rear of the house within the fence still stands and is featured in PAc 91-51 B4 RollMM02 F09 to provide perspective and change in landscape. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: M. Murphy Date: 1985

Location

1401 North Excelsior Avenue, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Gannon Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed July 12, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1914.