Filed Under Butte

817 West Galena Street

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Butte’s giant copper industry brought workers crowding into every available space. Residential building lots were at a premium and yards nearly nonexistent at the end of the nineteenth century. This Queen Anne style cottage, built circa 1897, illustrates the need to construct houses close together to achieve maximum living space. The residence was likely built as an investment. Its first tenants were mining engineer Josiah Trerise, his wife Annie, and her mother and brother. By 1904, owner John L. Hurzeler, his wife Elizabeth, and daughter Gladys were in residence. A blacksmith by trade, Hurzeler was a founder and partner in the Butte Carriage Works’s largest carriage manufacturer. The longtime business weathered the transition from horses to cars by switching to automobile repairs in the 1920s. When Hurzeler died in 1940, Elizabeth kept the family home for another decade. A small “eyebrow” dormer rising out of the hipped roof, a front gable embellished with patterned shingles, and a decorative iron fence capping the retaining wall lend the home its distinctive personality.

Images

817 West Galena Street
817 West Galena Street 817 West Galena Street (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJK02 F20). Front to side view of the house, facing north on West Galena Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jeff Kestle Date: 1984
817 West Galena
817 West Galena facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Julian Boughton and Martha Kohl Date: July 2022

Location

817 West Galena Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “817 West Galena Street,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1925.