Filed Under Butte

Miner's Savings Bank & Trust Co.

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Butte experienced its second mining boom in the teens before World War I. The Miner’s Bank is indicative of the healthy economy during these years when copper rose to a high of twenty cents a pound. On September 1, 1912, fire claimed the Thomas Block, which housed the Miner’s Savings Bank. Depositors suffered no losses and the bank immediately planned to rebuild. John Shackleton designed and constructed the current building, completed in 1913. A flat roof, decorative brickwork, large display widows flanking three recessed entries, and rows of windows above the street level reflect the high demand for office and living space. A row of concrete “M”s uniquely embellishes the space between the first and second floors. The bank occupied a ground floor office until the 1960s. Upstairs, Lawrence and Katherine Graves were the longtime proprietors of the Miner’s Bank Block Furnished Rooms. In 1930, among their thirty-five lodgers were an architect, an actress, a teacher, miners, and salesmen. Also curiously lodged under the same roof were government Prohibition agent Carrol Olson and declared bootlegger Henry Allexis.

Images

Miner's Savings Bank and Trust Co. Miner's Savings Bank and Trust Co. (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD11 F03). Front to side view of the building, facing north on West Park Street. This view also presents the text on the building that reads, "Miner's Savings Bank and Trust Co." near the top. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985

Location

55 West Park Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Miner's Savings Bank & Trust Co.,” Historic Montana, accessed February 9, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2377.