Commercial Building at 137 East Park Street

137 East Park Street, Butte, MT

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Commercial Building 135 East Park St

Photo taken by David Jones in August 2019

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Description 

"A row of one-story frame shops including a harness maker, two carpenters, a cobbler, a saloon, a bakery, and a millinery filled this block in the 1880s. By 1890, most had been replaced. The present two-story storefront and lodging house replaced a blacksmith shop. A grocery store was the first ground-floor tenant; furnished rooms were upstairs, and a stable stood at the rear. Seven rooftop skylights well illuminated the second story where, in 1900, Josephine Stacy had fifteen male lodgers and a female cook in her furnished rooms. Tenants included a carpenter, house painter, plumber, and five copper miners. Stacy and a string of other lodge-keepers after her leased the second floor. Various businesses occupied the storefront including the Western Meat Company from 1928 to 1958. The building’s fine cast-iron storefront, once a common element in Butte, incorporates fluted iron pilasters with floral designs, a scalloped metal cornice, and corner brackets. Elaborately embellished window hoods with a central scroll and circle ornament the upper story." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Corrected address
  • August 28, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • August 19, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones

Comments 

Commercial Building at 137 East Park Street
Posted August 28, 2019, by Richard Doody (rpdoody3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm glad to see that this building is still standing. Earlier this year it was declared unsafe and subject to demolition by the local authorities. The roof has collapsed as seen in an aerial photography accompanying this article in Montana Standard. The building is an outstanding example of 1880s cast iron architecture.

https://mtstandard.com/news/local/county-wants-bigger-bite-at-blight-in-butte/article_bdd6e27c-ca2a-5460-9444-607c929b9352.html