Filed Under Butte

LEE MANTLE MANSION

Butte Historic District

This splendid, highly visible Victorian-era residence was home to English immigrant Lee Mantle. Mantle arrived in Butte in 1877, helped organize city government, and established the Daily Inter Mountain newspaper in 1881. He then entered politics. He served as a territorial legislator in 1882, mayor of Butte in 1892, and as a U.S. Senator from 1895 to 1899. Local architect Henry M. Patterson built Mantle’s uptown commercial block and extensively remodeled this 1880s wood-frame home circa 1890. Patterson, whose imaginative designs color many of Butte’s streetscapes, creatively adapted then-popular architectural forms. The striking brick-veneered home features a projecting bay with French doors, a rounded bay with curved glass windows, and a two-story porch supported by elegant Tuscan columns. Its location on a main thoroughfare across from the county courthouse made it the perfect place for prominent political events. On September 27, 1909, and again on October 19, 1911, U.S. President William H. Taft addressed thousands of bystanders from a stage built in front of the Mantle home. From 1931 until 2010, the building served as a mortuary.

Images

Lee Mantle Mansion
Lee Mantle Mansion Google Maps photo of Lee Mantle Mansion, 2021. Source: Google Maps Link Creator: Google Date: 2021
Lee Mantle Mansion
Lee Mantle Mansion Google Maps corner view of Lee Mantle Mansion, 2021. Source: Google Maps Link Creator: Google Date: 2021
Lee Mantle House
Lee Mantle House Lee Mantle House (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll25 F33). Front to side view of the house, facing west to northwest on North Montana Street near the alley in the middle of the block. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
"President Taft Addressing Butte Citizens Assembled at West Granite and Montana Streets"
"President Taft Addressing Butte Citizens Assembled at West Granite and Montana Streets" Article in The Butte Miner. Source: Access the newspapers.com article through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 20 October, 1911
"Butte Sees President and President Sees a Mine"
"Butte Sees President and President Sees a Mine" Article in The Butte Miner. Source: Access the newspapers.com article through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Miner. Date: 28 September, 1909
"Heartfelt Welcome Given to Head of Greatest Nation"
"Heartfelt Welcome Given to Head of Greatest Nation" Article in The Butte Miner. Source: Access the newspapers.com article through the MTHS Portal. Creator: The Butte Miner Date: 28 September, 1909

Location

213 North Montana Street, Butte, MT | private

Metadata

Montana Historical Society, “LEE MANTLE MANSION,” Historic Montana, accessed June 18, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/3530.