Filed Under Butte

Montana Leather Company

Butte National Historic Landmark District

A log barbershop did business at this location in 1884. By 1891, a frame carpenter’s shop occupied the premises, and at the back was an iron-clad corral serving the Oregon Livery next door. By 1900, the livery stable had become the Montana Concert Hall, the corral had been remodeled into dressing rooms, and a saloon had replaced the carpenter’s shop. This building was constructed circa 1908, likely incorporating the frame saloon into the new brick building. A wooden porch accessed by a central doorway once spanned the front façade, serving residents of the second-floor rooming house. Although the rooming house backed up to Butte’s most notorious red light alley, it was a respectable business. In 1920, tenant landlady Mary Tallon lived upstairs with her three children and eight lodgers. Downstairs the MacPherson family, owners of this building and the one next door, ran the Montana Leather Company, which specialized in wholesale leather, shoe machinery, shoe findings, and repairs. The MacPhersons operated their business here from 1918 through the 1980s.

Images

Montana Leather Company Montana Leather Company (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD10 F06). Front view of the building, facing east on South Main Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

124 South Main Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Montana Leather Company,” Historic Montana, accessed December 7, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2078.