Filed Under Butte

O'Rourke Apartments

Butte Historic District

Two years after designing the elegant Napton and Leonard apartments on Granite Street, architect William O’Brien designed this building for widow Mary O’Rourke in 1908. O’Brien, whose clients ranked among Butte’s wealthiest, designed the O’Rourke as a detached addition to the older Merrimac House apartments behind it. The Merrimac, built at the rear of this lot for John and Mary O’Rourke in 1892, was originally attached to their home. John O’Rourke was one of the few Virginia City miners who made substantial money in placer mining. He wisely invested his profits in Butte real estate, wholesale liquor, and a boot and shoe store. After his death in 1907, Mary had contractors remove the O’Rourke home, build the new O’Rourke building, and add bay windows and grand stone embellishments to the Merrimac, stylistically marrying the two buildings. The resulting Eclectic style buildings provided sophisticated quarters for teachers, machinists, and clerks, and also for Mary and her daughter, Marie. They managed the sizeable O’Rourke estate until Mary’s death in 1949. Marie lived in Unit E and managed the substantial estate until 1979.

Images

O'Rourke Building, Butte, MT View of Quartz St. facade facing north Source: O'Rourke Condos Creator: Samuel Gonzales Photography Date: June 2021
O'Rourke Building, Butte, MT View of Quartz Street facade before rehabilitation Source: O'Rourke Condos Creator: Danielle Zimmerman, Fort and Hom Date: ca. 2018
O'Rourke Building, Butte, MT View of Alaska St. facade after rehabilitation Source: O'Rourke Condos Creator: Samuel Gonzales Photography Date: June 2021
O'Rourke Building, Butte, MT View of Alaska St. facade before rehabilitation Source: O'Rourke Condos Creator: Danielle Zimmerman, Fort and Hom Date: ca. 2018
O'Rourke Building, Butte, MT View of interior staircase after rehabilitaton Source: O'Rourke Condos Creator: Samuel Gonzales Photography Date: June 2021
O'Rourke Building, Butte, MT View of interior staircase before rehabilitation Source: O'Rourke Condos Creator: Danielle Zimmerman, Fort and Hom Date: ca. 2018

Location

101 W Quartz Street, Butte, MT | private

Metadata

Montana Historical Society, “O'Rourke Apartments,” Historic Montana, accessed February 9, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/3326.