Mantle Block

20 W Broadway, Butte, MT


Mantle Block (left) & Christie Block (right)

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1982




"MANTLE BLOCK - Prominent politician Lee Mantle had this impressive four-story masonry building constructed during 1892, the year he was elected mayor of Butte. Architect H. M. Patterson designed the commercial-residential structure, which incorporates a wealth of decorative architectural forms popular at the time. The curved corner turret and the mixing of stone and brick on the façade reflect Patterson’s distinctive eclectic style. Griffins and scrolls on the capitals between the third and fourth floors enhance the lively treatment of the façade. Remodeling in 1916 to accommodate the building’s long-time occupant, the Liberty Theater, somewhat altered the original storefronts, but fragments of decorative plaster within recall this former use." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society Plaque

Update Log 

  • July 24, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • June 10, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • June 10, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones