Apartment Building at 815-817 West Mercury Street

815-817 West Mercury Street, Butte, MT

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Apartment Building at 815-817 West Mercury St

Photo taken by David Jones in September 2019

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"Beautiful brickwork crowns this grand bay-fronted flat, built in 1904. Architectural highlights include a two-story polygonal bay, transomed entries, and arched windows trimmed in rough-faced granite. Originally built as a duplex, Queen Anne style mutli-family housing like this is characteristic of Butte’s older historic neighborhoods where urban crowding compromised domesticity. In an attempt to mirror more traditional housing, apartments were designed to resemble in appearance and floorplan the popular Queen Anne cottage. This premier example first belonged to real estate proprietor Thomas Stephens who lived here with his wife Emma and two sons from 1904 to at least 1910. The Stephenses rented out the other flat. In 1910, Anaconda Copper Mining Company salesman Norton Scott and his wife Mary were tenants. Through the 1990s, new owners reversed alterations made during the 1960s and 1970s, converting the duplex to a single family home. Interior and exterior restorations have returned much of the home’s period grandeur. The addition of a columned front entry porch and a side porch, along with other original features, now make this an impressive neighborhood landmark." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2019: New photos from David Jones
  • August 19, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody
  • David Jones