Mountain View Methodist Church

301 N Montana Street, Butte, MT

Gothic Revival brick church built in 1900

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Mountain View Methodist Church (second bldg. from the Left)

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2006

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Description 

Rev. W. W. Van Orsdel, along with church trustee copper king W. A. Clark, helped lay the cornerstone for this grand church in 1899. William L. Donovan and John G. Link were the architects. The church, completed in 1900, features a regal central tower with two arched entries. Magnificent stained glass richly embellishes the triple-arched windows on the south, north, and east. The sanctuary's semicircular arrangement and slanted floor, reminiscent of period opera houses, hosted some memorable community events. Famous speakers included social reformer Jacob Riis in 1906 and saloon-smasher Carrie Nation in 1910. Among Butte's eight Methodist churches, Mountain View was the "mine owners' church."

Mountain View United Methodist Church closed in July, 2015. The deconsecrated church is scheduled to become a concert venue due to the building’s supreme acoustics.

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2018: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody