Southwest Neighborhood, Butte

Butte's Southwest Neighborhood is a large residential neighborhood spanning Missoula Gulch, and occupying the southwestern-most corner of the Butte-Anaconda Historic District. The oldest settled portion of Southwest Butte lies east of Missoula Gulch, within the Original Townsite, where residences date to the late nineteenth and first decade of the twentieth century. However, neighborhood development took off between 1912 and 1920, during Butte's 1910s "building boom." Since the area's original platting. Southwest Butte has emerged as a middle-class neighborhood without clear ethnic associations.

1200 West Steel Street

Copper was a primary component in warships, ammunition casing, and tanks. No wonder Butte’s economy boomed during World War I. The city’s population more than doubled between 1910 and 1918, and real estate developers scrambled to meet the demand for…

615 South Clark

Architects promoted the Craftsman style as ideal "for the lover of the out-of-doors." Large front porches and the use of natural material like wood shingles and cobblestones connected homes "directly to the world of nature." Such…

Blodgett Residence

The increased demand for copper created by World War I sparked spectacular growth in Butte’s mining industry and population. A massive housing shortage resulted, leading to the construction of over 700 residences between 1916 and 1918, half of them…

William and Mabel Guthrie Residence

Upscale neighborhoods often placed “restrictive covenants” to assure new buildings did not compromise the ambience. When developer James King sold lots in this new suburb, covenants he set required a twenty-five-foot setback for new homes, which had…