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Powers Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

For almost one hundred years, members of a single family lived in this Queen Anne style cottage. Carpenter R. R. Williams, who lived in the duplex next door, built the residence in 1898. By 1900, Irish immigrants John and Catherine Powers had purchased the home, where they lived with their infant daughter Margaret. John worked as a miner before going into real estate. By 1916, the Powers had improved the residence, replacing the outhouse with indoor plumbing, adding a rear screen porch, and installing a gambrel dormer to expand the attic’s storage capacity. After John and Catherine’s deaths, Margaret inherited the home. She lived here into the 1990s, joined for many years by her friend Virginia Orton. The seven-hundred-square-foot home features a projecting bay and many other Queen Anne style embellishments. These include stained glass, fish-scale shingles, turned wooden porch supports, a turned balustrade, and a spindle frieze—all mass produced and thus affordable to Butte’s working class. Such architectural ornamentation helped transform small houses like this one into much loved homes, as the Powers’ long residence testifies.

Images

Powers Residence
Powers Residence facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Martha Kohl and Julian Boughton Date: August 2022
Powers Residence
Powers Residence Powers Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll24 F16). Front view of the house, facing south 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

724 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Powers Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed March 5, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1950.