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.



850 West Quartz Street, Butte, Montana ~ Private