Filed Under Butte

856 West Granite

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Stone, brick, and wood combine to add texture to this Queen Anne style residence, whose design includes a projecting bay and a small turret topped by a metal finial. Built before 1900, the house originally featured an open front porch. Insurance agent Wilbur Bachelor, his wife Kitty, and their four children lived here in 1900. Sigmund and Emma Schilling purchased the residence by 1904 and added a rear addition and lap-sided back porch (since enclosed) before 1916. Sigmund emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1884, arriving in Butte by 1885. He worked first as a tailor before opening the Sig Schilling Cigar Co., a billiard and pool hall that sold cigars, tobacco, and candy. A member of Butte’s thriving Jewish community, Sig became a prominent businessman and served as the third president of Temple B’nai Israel, the second synagogue built in Montana. He and his wife Emma participated in many of Butte’s elite social clubs and were frequently mentioned in the Society pages. Sig died in 1936, but Emma continued to reside here into the 1940s.

Images

856 West Granite facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Julian Boughton and Martha Kohl Date: July 2022
856 West Granite 856 West Granite (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll24 F33). Front to side view of the house, facing south to southeast on the corner of West Granite Street and North Excelsior 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

856 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “856 West Granite,” Historic Montana, accessed February 1, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1958.