Filed Under Butte

Tripp & Dragstedt Apartments

Butte National Historic Landmark District

The Butte Miner declared this “the largest apartment house between St. Paul and Spokane” when it opened in 1916. The $80,000 building, constructed by Charles C. Goddard, included forty apartments around a U-shaped plan. Each unit was designed so that the living room faced an exterior wall, thus allowing plenty of light. Amenities included built-in bookcases, separate ventilating systems, and refrigerators. The fourth floor housed a ballroom, parlors, restrooms, and kitchen while laundry facilities were located in the basement. The splendid building features a myriad of intricate patterns of Clayton tapestry and Salt Lake bricks offset by granite and ornamental wrought iron. Today, the Tripp & Dragstedt remains untouched by time in both function and appearance: even the original Otis elevator continues to transport residents. The building is still Butte’s largest apartment house and serves as a visual bridge between the mixed commercial and residential elements of the neighborhood.

Images

Tripp & Dragstadt Apartments
Tripp & Dragstadt Apartments Tripp & Dragstadt Apartments (PAc 91-51 B3 Roll04 F06). Front to side view of the building, facing northeast on the corner of South Main Street and East Gold Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Martha Catlin Date: 1983
Tripp & Dragstadt Apartments
Tripp & Dragstadt Apartments Tripp & Dragstadt Apartments (PAc 91-51 B3 Roll04 F07). Front to side view (close shot) of the building, facing east on South Main Street near the corner of South Main and East Gold Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Martha Catlin Date: 1983

Location

436 South Main Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Tripp & Dragstedt Apartments,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1984.