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The Napton

Butte National Historic Landmark District

A grand arched entryway topped by a wooden bracketed cornice and ornate iron rail welcomes visitors to the Napton. Because downtown apartment buildings were a hallmark of big cities like New York and Chicago, construction of the Napton Apartments in 1906 contributed to Butte’s image as a booming metropolis. Its construction also reflected investor confidence in Butte’s future, confidence justified by the over $3 million worth of building projects undertaken that year. Architect W. A. O’Brien designed and oversaw construction of the four-story, three-bay, forty-eight-unit apartment building. As expected, the Napton soon became home to members of Butte’s professional class from teachers and mining engineers to business owners and stenographers. Judge George M. Bourquin, who lived here from 1915 through 1939, was undoubtedly the Napton’s most renown resident. Appointed to the federal bench from 1912 to 1934, Bourquin was a courageous defender of individual civil liberties in the face of the mass hysteria that swept the country during World War I. His decisions, highly controversial at the time, upheld such rights as freedom of expression and protection from unreasonable search and seizure. 


The Napton apartments, Butte, MT
The Napton apartments, Butte, MT View looking up at primary facade with cast stone name plate, dentilated cornices, and top of arched entryway. Creator: Christine Brown Date: July 12, 2019


25 East Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “The Napton,” Historic Montana, accessed July 13, 2024,