Filed Under Butte

Harlow Pease House

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Attorney John B. Wellcome, later implicated in the illegal shenanigans orchestrated by William Clark in his bid for the U.S. Senate, probably built this residence before he sold the property to Henry G. Hawes in 1890. This impressive Shingle style home was one of the first in Butte to be set diagonally on its lot. A gambrel roof, octagonal tower, and arched windows are elements of this distinctive style, which is an American adaptation of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Romanesque traditions and an unusual combination in Butte. Unique features include the Dutch front door richly trimmed in brass and beautiful hand-tooled leather wainscoting in the front hall and stairway. Hawes, bookkeeper for the Butte and Boston Mining Company, sold the home in 1899 to attorney John F. Forbis. Another attorney, Harlow Pease, was the subsequent longtime owner of this prestigious residence. Pease gained prominence as a labor relations attorney in Idaho and lived here from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Images

Harlow Pease
Harlow Pease facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Julian Boughton and Martha Kohl Date: July 2022
Harlow Pease House
Harlow Pease House Harlow Pease House (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll03 F34). Front view of the house, facing south to southeast on the corner of West Quartz Street and North Excelsior Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
Harlow Pease House
Harlow Pease House Harlow Pease House (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll03 F35). Front to side view of the house, facing south on West Quartz Street near the corner of West Quartz Street and North Excelsior Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981

Location

850 West Quartz Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Harlow Pease House,” Historic Montana, accessed July 13, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2050.