Filed Under Butte

Butte Telephone Company

Butte National Historic Landmark District

The end of a long court battle between Amalgamated Copper and renegade mine entrepreneur F. Augustus Heinze in 1906 brought about an unprecedented building boom. The Beaux Arts style, with its grandiose composition and exuberant detail, was the perfect façade to symbolize Butte’s new-found optimism. Prolific Montana architect George Shanley designed this three-story office building in 1907 for the Montana Independent Telephone Company. Home of the Butte Water Company since 1918, the structure, with its slender Ionic columns, arcade, and balconies, comprises one of a group of civic buildings in this expressive style.


Butte Telephone Company
Butte Telephone Company Butte Telephone Company (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD03 F02). Front view of the building, facing south on West Granite Street near the intersection of West Granite and North Alaska Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society. Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985
Butte Water Company Building
Butte Water Company Building View from courthouse looking southeast at building facade Source: Montana Historical Society. Creator: Christine Brown, Montana Historical Society Date: Nov 2019


124 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Public


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Butte Telephone Company,” Historic Montana, accessed July 25, 2024,