Filed Under Butte

1340 West Granite

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Mature landscaping surrounds this cozy cottage bungalow built circa 1915. Colin L. Christie and his wife Ruth built the home where they raised two sons. Ruth was the daughter of Judge John Lindsay, who came to Butte in 1895 as secretary and legal counsel to Marcus Daly and later practiced law. Colin was the son of Alexander Christie, a partner in Leys Jewelry, a family business established in 1888. Colin Christie attended the Morgan Park Academy in Chicago, optometry school in Minneapolis, and was a certified gemologist. The Christies married in 1912 after a four-year engagement, and Colin joined the family business as manager of the jewelry store. A “ghost” sign at 20 N. Main recalls the Christie family’s longtime business, which closed in 1965 when Colin retired. The home passed out of the Christie family in the mid-1950s. Thanks to careful stewardship, the small frame bungalow retains many original stylistic features including brick porch piers, exposed rafter ends and eave brackets, leaded glass windows, and original interior fixtures and hardwood finishings.

Images

1340 West Granite 1340 West Granite (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJK01 F07). Front to side view of the house, facing southwest on West Granite Street near the corner of West Granite and MT Tech Road. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jeff Kestle Date: 1984

Location

1340 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “1340 West Granite,” Historic Montana, accessed February 8, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2374.