Filed Under Butte

Thomas Lavell Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Traveling by stagecoach from Quebec, Canadian-born Thomas Lavell arrived in Deer Lodge in 1874 to join his brother, Geoffrey. The two came to Butte the following year and established a sawmill, providing lumber for the town’s first sawn-wood buildings. With characteristic “push and pluck,” Thomas established the Butte Cab and Transfer Company in the mid-1880s, which grew from a pioneer livery stable to Montana’s largest taxicab and light trucking business. Thomas built this beautiful home for himself and his wife, Melissa, circa 1887. The couple had six children, four of whom survived childhood. According to the Montana Standard, the Lavells entertained extensively, and their home “for many years was the scene of outstanding social affairs.” A tower with a Second Empire style mansard roof, ornate wooden brackets, and decorative cornices are a lively reminder of fashionable, early-day Butte. Melissa died in 1923 and Thomas, who came to be known as Butte’s “dean of business,” made his home here until he died in 1941.

Images

Thomas Lavell Residence
Thomas Lavell Residence facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Julian Boughton and Matha Kohl Date: August 8, 2022
Thomas Lavell Residence
Thomas Lavell Residence Thomas Lavell Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll09 F10). Front view of the house, facing north on West Park Street near the corner of West Park and North Idaho Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
Thomas Lavell Residence
Thomas Lavell Residence Thomas Lavell Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll09 F11). Front to side view of the house, facing northwest on the corner of West Park Street and North Idaho 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

301 West Park Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Thomas Lavell Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2032.