Filed Under Butte

633-639 West Park

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Grocer John L. Carroll chose a prime location to build a four-family flat in 1914. Butte’s finest houses stood two blocks west, and the large, two-story Greek Revival building next door since demolished housed the Woman’s Club. Its 225 active members, all women of “good moral character,” met together to socialize and to study topics such as “the art of the Old Masters … Tennyson’s poems, practical cooking, juvenile courts, and modern Russian music.” In addition, streetcars ran frequently down Park, easing tenants’ commute. Built to match the elegance of its surroundings, the apartment house once boasted an intricately shaped Spanish-influenced parapet. Ornamental wooden brackets still decorate the front façade. Separate doors for each family offered privacy, while the second floor porch provided upstairs residents access to fresh air. These amenities made the building attractive to middle-class tenants including, in 1920, families of a newspaper manager, a mining engineer, a cigar store owner, and a soft drink parlor proprietor. These last two professions were, perhaps, less respectable than the others; cigar stores and soft drink parlors often masked speakeasies during Prohibition.

Images

633-639 West Park
633-639 West Park facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Julian Boughton and Martha Kohl Date: July 2022
633-639 West Park
633-639 West Park 633-639 West Park (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll08 F22). Front view of the building, facing north on West Park Street. The building featured to the left of the photograph is no longer there. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
633-639 West Park
633-639 West Park 633-639 West Park (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJK10 F30). Front to side view of the building, facing northeast on West Park Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jeff Kestle Date: 1984

Location

633-639 West Park Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “633-639 West Park,” Historic Montana, accessed June 18, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2038.