St. Joseph's Catholic Church

990 Utah Avenue, Butte, MT

Greek Revival style church built in 1911


St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Photo taken by Richard Doody in September 2018




"Bishop John Brondel founded St. Joseph’s Parish in 1902 to serve the varied ethnic groups settling on Butte’s south side. Father P. A. Quesnel celebrated the parish’s first Mass in a makeshift public hall. In 1907, a combination parish church and school was built on Delaware Street, which served until it was destroyed by fire in 1911. Once again, services were held in a public hall while the present church was under construction. On Christmas Day of 1911, the first Mass was offered in the grand new church, which was dedicated by Bishop John Carroll, the following April. Albert O. Von Verbulis, the Austrian-born architect who designed Helena’s famed St. Helena Cathedral, drew the plans for this impressive Greek Revival style building. Ionic columns supporting a full-height entry porch, denticulated cornice, and beautiful stained glass enhance the tall windows and light-colored brick. Today, St. Joseph’s Parish maintains its vibrant ethnic diversity, counting many of the original families among its membership." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • July 24, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • July 22, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • September 30, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones