Filed Under Butte

403-405 West Granite

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Hardware merchant William M. Jack built this two-story dwelling circa 1890. Scottish-born Jack was a dealer in hardware, tinware, stoves, pumps, and mining equipment. A collection of several outbuildings, a small house, two large warehouses for stoves, and an underground stable covered the site in 1888. Jack razed these utilitarian buildings and replaced them with much more attractive housing for himself and a tenant. Jack soon moved on, but over the next decades, the building served several purposes. By 1916, it had been converted to housekeeping rooms to satisfy a greater need for housing as the copper industry boomed. In the 1920s, physician Neil O’Keefe and dentist John F. Kane had their offices along with Ingersoll-Rand mining machinery at 403. The United Press Association occupied the other side at 405. During the 1930s, the building again provided residence housing, this time for the Hubert Neal and Leonard Backstrom families. Originally clad in brick veneer, the double dwelling has long been divided into four apartments. Residents access the two halves though central doorways opening onto a shared porch.

Images

403-405 West Granite 403-405 West Granite (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll21 F29). Front view of the building, facing north on West Granite 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

403-405 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “403-405 West Granite,” Historic Montana, accessed January 28, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1945.