Filed Under Butte

Evans Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Architect William A. O’Brien designed this grandly scaled Craftsman style bungalow for prominenet attorney Lewis O. Evans circa 1906. The stunning home incorporates Craftsman style characteristics, but its magnificent gabled dormers and prominent corner location make it a Butte landmark. After the foundation was laid, Mrs. Evans reputedly insisted on adding a library cast of the living room; thus, the home has a second foundation. Unusual interior appointments include imported Italian marble, Mexican tile, and a fireplace sheathed in copper floor to ceiling. Evans earned his fine reputation as an expert in mining law in partnership with attorney John F. Forbis. He subsequently served as general counsel for the Amalgamated Copper Mining Company from 1914 until his death in 1931. Involved in a number of precedent-setting cases during the long span of his career, Evans was also much admired for his “colossal intellect and rare understanding.” The Montana Standard paid Evans this tribute: “Men loved Mr. Evans because he never forgot, never passed them by.”

Images

Evans Residence, Butte, MT
Evans Residence, Butte, MT View of facade along Galena St. Source: iPhone 8 image capture Creator: Martha Kohl, photographer Date: May 28, 2021
Evans Residence
Evans Residence Evans Residence (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJK02 F14). Front view of the house, facing north on West Galena Street near the corner of West Galena and South Excelsior Avenue. Tree to the right of the main stairs to the porch is no longer there. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jeff Kestle Date: 1984

Location

849 West Galena Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Evans Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed April 19, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1928.