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Corby Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

A one-story wooden residence built between 1888 and 1890 marked the earliest development of this lot. A brick-veneered Queen Anne style cottage stood in its place by 1916. Smaller than its high style counterparts, the one-story residence still managed to reflect turn-of-the-century fashions with its jumble of rooflines, asymmetrical façade, octagonal front bay, decorative shingles, and spindle-work porch supports. Frugal builders often preferred to incorporate existing structures into new buildings; the narrow window on the north side wall suggests that the original 1880s-era home may have provided the core of the new residence. From 1900 through 1913, Joseph and Sena Corby lived here with their daughter Edith. A hoisting engineer, Corby came to Butte in 1887 from Pennsylvania. In 1891, Corby served as president of the Butte chapter of the Patriotic Order Sons of America, an organization known for its anti-immigrant and, especially, anti-Catholic sentiments. Despite this early association, he managed to gain enough respect among Butte's heavily immigrant population to be elected mayor in 1907. 


Corby Residence
Corby Residence Corby Residence (PAc 91-51 B4 RollMaM03 F04). Front to side view of the house, facing east to southeast on North Wyoming Avenue near the intersection of North Wyoming and East Copper Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Mary Murphy Date: 1984


426 North Wyoming Street , Butte, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Corby Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed July 12, 2024,