Cooney-Joyce Residence

128-130 W Galena Street, Butte, MT

Description 

"Frank H. Cooney, one of four brothers in the merchandising business in Butte, purchased this lot on the William Penn Quartz Lode for $30 in 1898. As was usual in early Butte real estate deals, the mining company retained ownership of the property below the ground surface. Cooney, who later served as governor of Montana (1933 to 1935), built this two-flat residence in 1901 and lived here briefly. By 1904, barber Charles M. Joyce lived in one of the flats. His 24-hour shop at Broadway and Main won Butte national press as the “town where the barbershops never close.” Before Joyce came to Butte in 1881, travels across the continent yielded him an unusual clientele that included Tombstone, Arizona’s gunmen Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers. During Joyce’s 54-year career in Butte, he served the tonsorial needs of rival copper kings Marcus Daly and W. A. Clark and many other colorful characters. Joyce lived at this address until his death in 1929. The two-story brick residence, typical of early 1900s Butte, features a central oriel window, polychrome brickwork, and an interior stairway." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Tags 

Built 1901 (693)
Built during 1900s (9,387)
House (27,477)
Montana (2,141)
Silver Bow County, Montana (354)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody