John Scovil Residence

201 N Excelsior Avenue, Butte, MT

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John Scovil Residence

Photo taken by Richard Doody in June 2019

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"John Scovil worked as a watchman for the Anaconda Company after he first arrived in Montana in 1884. He opened a laundry in 1894; six years later he purchased the Union Laundry in Butte. By 1911, Scovil and a partner owned almost all of the laundries in Butte and employed approximately 175 people. Scovil also invested widely in real estate. He built this two-and-one-half-story monument to his success, along with the duplex next door, in 1917 for the considerable sum of $19,800. Behind the residences was a two-story garage with an apartment on the second floor. The elegant garage may have reflected Johnís wife Laliaís interest in motoring; Lalia was thought to be the first woman in Montana to own and drive her own automobile. A dark brown brick veneer and repeating architectural details visually connect the three buildings. Lalia assumed presidency of the Scovil-owned Taylor Laundry Company after John died in 1925, remarrying in 1927. She continued to live here with her second husband, attorney Laurence Myers, until her death in 1942." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society Plaque

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Silver Bow County, Montana (358)

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  • June 27, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • June 11, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

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  • Richard Doody