Filed Under Butte

John Benton Leggat Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Elaborate and elegant on its eye-catching corner, this well-tended gabled and turreted Victorian-era home was built circa 1897 for mining engineer J. Benton Leggat. Bowed glass, a diamond-paned window, and dentils under all the eaves spark its distinctive personality. An 1890 graduate of Washington University, Leggat subsequently located in Butte where he operated numerous mining properties. It was said of him: “While men less resourceful and more cautious are thinking of a plan, he is accomplishing a result.” After Leggat left Butte in 1913, the next longtime owner was Dr. Thomas J. Murray, who came to Butte in 1885 after proving his medical skills in the dangerous back-water swamps of Mississippi. Murray, who died in 1930, long operated a private hospital in Butte and was influential in securing legislation that created the state board of medical examiners. Although its many rambling rooms have long been divided into rentals, the nineteenth-century essence of this beautiful home is untouched.

Images

John Benton Leggat Residence John Benton Leggat Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll23 F24). Front view of the house, facing north on West Granite Street near the corner of West Granite and North Washington Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
John Benton Leggat Residence John Benton Leggat Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll23 F25). Front to side view of the house, facing northwest on the corner of West Granite Street and North Washington Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
John Benton Leggat Residence John Benton Leggat Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll29 F18). Front to side view of the house, facing north to northwest near the corner of West Granite Street and North Washington Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981

Location

401 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “John Benton Leggat Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed February 1, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1944.