Filed Under Butte

Andrew J. Davis Jr. Residence

Butte Historic District

An example of Butte’s “bungalow boom,” this Craftsman style home illustrates how the city’s sparsely populated southwestern edges transformed into middle- and upper-class neighborhoods in the 1910s. The bungalow—a popular turn-of-the-twentieth-century choice for single-family homes—reflected middle-class desires for unpretentious design. Butte Commercial Company vice-president Herman Meyer built this investment home in 1913. Despite its humble exterior, the interior includes a brick fireplace, inlaid hardwood floors, and a drive-in basement garage—a novelty for the time. A booming wartime economy and decreasing automobile prices ignited Butte car culture. In 1916, almost half of the block’s houses had garages. By 1917, elite Butte newlyweds Marguerite and Andrew J. Davis Jr. moved in. Andrew, the great-nephew of local banker Andrew J. Davis, clerked at First National Bank. Marguerite volunteered for the Butte Auxiliary for the Rehabilitation of Crippled Children. In 1921, the Davises added a master suite with a walk-in closet and a basement maids’ quarters. They sold the home in 1931, the same year a twenty-two-year-old woman unsuccessfully sued Andrew for $200,000 for allegedly assaulting her on a train. The couple divorced a few years later.

Images

Andrew J. Davis Jr. Residence
Andrew J. Davis Jr. Residence Facade, 1062 West Platinum Street, Butte, MT. Source: National Register of Historic Places. On file MT State Historical Preservation Office, Helena, MT. Creator: Montana Historical Society Date: 2023
"Butte has Many Beautiful Homes; Numerous New Ones Being Erected"
"Butte has Many Beautiful Homes; Numerous New Ones Being Erected" Article in The Butte Miner. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 7 May, 1916
"Uncle Would Have His Nephew Enlist"
"Uncle Would Have His Nephew Enlist" Article from The Butte Miner. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 23 September, 1917
"Davis Jr. Must Defend Colors"
"Davis Jr. Must Defend Colors" Article from The Butte Miner. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 28 September, 1917
"First National Bank of Butte"
"First National Bank of Butte" Article in The Butte Daily Post. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Daily Post Date: 7 July, 1921
Photo of A. J. Davis with automobile.
Photo of A. J. Davis with automobile. Articles in The Montana Standard. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Montana Standard Date: 9 February, 1930
"Jury Selected and Testimony Started in Docksteader-Davis Case"
"Jury Selected and Testimony Started in Docksteader-Davis Case" Article in The Butte Daily Post. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Daily Post Date: 7 December, 1931
"Defendant is Given Unanimous Verdict"
"Defendant is Given Unanimous Verdict" Article in The Butte Daily Post. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Daily Post Date: 14 December, 1931
Photo of Mrs. Andrew J. Davis.
Photo of Mrs. Andrew J. Davis. Articles and photo in The Butte Daily Post. Source: Access newspapers.com articles through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Daily Post Date: 10 February, 1934

Location

1062 West Platinum Street, Butte | private

Metadata

Montana Historical Society, “Andrew J. Davis Jr. Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed June 17, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/3517.