Hirbour Building

102 N Main Street, Butte, MT

Eight story steel frame "skyscraper" built in 1901


Hirbour Building

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2006




The Hirbour Building is the second oldest skyscraper west of Minneapolis using the steel frame, curtain wall construction technique. The building measures 58 by 28 feet and is about 90 feet tall. The tower contains a cast-iron staircase and cast iron window casements on the ground floor. Emanuel Hirbour, who died before his building was finished, is memorialized in the terra cotta “H” emblems on the street-level façade. The north wall of the tower was built without windows in anticipation of additional high-rise construction on the adjacent property.

The building's interior underwent extensive renovation to create condominiums on each of the upper floors in 2012.

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • July 13, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


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