East Side Neighborhood, Butte

The East Side neighborhood is bordered on the east by the Berkeley Pit, on the south by the upper yards of the Northern Pacific Railroad, on the west by the east side of Arizona Street, and on the north by the terminus of Quartz Street. The area achieves its distinctive identity through a mix of commercial buildings and housing, and its ties to three ethnic communities. Finntown is located along the upper streets, including East Broadway and East Park, while Serbians and Lebanese (and a variety of other Southern European immigrants) resided on the lower East Side.

216 East Quartz

When John Harrington sold this lot in 1888, he reserved the right to mine within twenty feet of the surface—without reinforcing his mine with timbers. Understandably, the purchasers, miner Con Ambrose and his wife Sarah, built a functional, no-frills…

Helsinki Bar and Steam Bath

Twelve saloons, six grocery stores, eighteen boarding houses, a community hall, and three saunas served “Finn Town,” a bustling ethnic enclave in the 1920s. Finns were relative latecomers to Butte, arriving in numbers around 1910. Miners of other…

James Naughten Residence

This two-story home was built circa 1900 by James Naughten, one of the state’s most skilled master mechanics. Naughten worked for various mining companies, including the North Butte Mining Company, where he installed the first electric hoist. By…

Tony's Tin Shop

Swiss-born Antone Canonica pioneered the tin business in Butte, opening his first shop in 1898. In 1915, he constructed the ground floor of this building, moving his business and family residence here. By 1920, Canonica had completed the second story…