Filed Under Butte

Thomas Block

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Radical building improvement on West Park Street during 1913 included the construction of this large retail and business block. The original 1890 Thomas Block had fallen victim to fire the previous year. Butte architect Herman Kemna, who also designed the Phoenix Block across the street, drew the plans for the $75,000 replacement of brick and reinforced concrete. In 1916, the building’s diverse commercial tenants included a drug store, saloon, basement candy factory, and second-floor combination bowling alley and billiard hall. Although the ground floor now has modern storefronts, the upper floor retains Kemna’s fine design, featuring a metal cornice, tall transomed windows grouped an interesting arrangement, and a brick parapet with stone coping.

Images

Thomas Block Thomas Block (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD11 F05). Front view of the building, facing north to northwest on West Park Street. Today's image shows this building slightly covered by tree vegetation in the front along West Park. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

37-47 West Park Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Thomas Block,” Historic Montana, accessed January 28, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2094.