Mary MacLane House

417-419 N Excelsior Avenue, Butte, MT

Bay-fronted duplex built before 1900


Mary MacLane House

Photo taken by Richard Doody in June 2019



This typical bay-fronted flat was home to author Mary MacLane from about 1900-1909. Canadian born Mary MacLane was 19 years old and living here in 1901 when she penned her famous diary, The Story of Mary MacLane. The book came as shock to the sensibilities of the Victorian era with frank discussions of the author's sexuality but sold 100,000 copies in its first month and was cited by Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein as an influence in their search for a new American writing style. MacLane ultimately left Butte for Chicago but published only two succeeding works. Of her adolescent home she wrote, "The town of Butte presents a wonderful field to a student of humanity and human nature. There are not a great many people—seventy thousand perhaps—but those seventy thousand are in their way unparalleled. For mixture, for miscellany—variedness, Bohemianism—where is Butte’s rival?"


Built 1900 (811)
Built during 1900s (9,420)
House (27,581)
Montana (2,192)
Silver Bow County, Montana (359)

Update Log 

  • July 11, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • July 11, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody