Filed Under Butte

123 North Main Street

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Cast-iron pilasters, a metal cornice, interior hardwood paneling and a pressed metal ceiling are reminders of the varied remodelings of this early commercial building, constructed before 1884. In 1895, architect H. M. Patterson remodeled the building for $5,000, adding a cast-iron storefront. By 1910, Clerke’s Clothing Store occupied both this building and the one next door. Store president Samuel Clerke installed the metal cornice joining the two buildings. During the 1930s at this address Butte’s immensely popular Spokane Cafe served a sizeable clientele. The building’s most significant use, however, occurred in 1905. During that year the Woman’s Protective Union (W.P.U.), predecessor of today’s Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union and the nation’s first union for women, met upstairs. This pivotal organization was founded in Butte in 1893 so that women would not “…be behind their brothers in demanding their rights.”

Images

123 North Main facade Source: Google Streetview Creator: Google Streetview Image ~ Date: August 2021 Date: August 2021
123 North Main Street 123 North Main Street (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD10 F30). Front view of the building, facing west on North Main Street. The building featured here at 123 North Main is on the left with the business "Beverly's of Butte." B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

123 North Main Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “123 North Main Street,” Historic Montana, accessed February 1, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1971.