Filed Under Butte

St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Noted architect William White designed this majestic, multi-gabled church of stone and brick, built at a cost of $10,000 in 1899. Gothic lancet windows, stained glass, Romanesque arches, and wood tracery in the gable windows showcase White’s meticulous attention to fine detail. A steeple above the entry and pyramidal roof once crowned the two corner towers. By 1918, the church housed the Butte Daily Bulletin, a radical newspaper voicing policies of the anti-corporate Nonpartisan League, published by William F. Dunne. The office was also a known stronghold of the incendiary Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). On September 14, 1918, local police and federal troops under Major O. N. Bradley raided the Bulletin, arresting twenty-four men and thwarting a miners’ strike. A fine example of turn-of-the-twentieth-century ecclesiastic architecture, quiet commercial use of the building today more closely follows its original function.

Images

St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church, facing southwest, front view. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: June 2008
St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJK12 F27). Front to side view of the church building, facing southwest on the corner of South Idaho Street and West Galena Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jeff Kestle Date: 1984

Location

101 South Idaho Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1964.