Burton K. Wheeler House

1232 E. 2nd Street, Butte, Montana


Burton K. Wheeler House

Photo taken by Richard Doody in June 2019



Street View 


"BURTON K. WHEELER HOUSE - In 1905, young New England attorney Burton Wheeler stepped off the train at Butte to stretch his legs, lost his money in a poker game, and decided to stay. Courtroom success quickly earned Wheeler a solid reputation. In 1908, Wheeler and his wife, Lulu, purchased this home, built in 1897 by Canadian warehouseman Herbert Carmichael. The Wheelers chose working-class South Butte as their home despite financial and political success, delighting in their unpretentious, hard-working and fun-loving Irish, Cornish, and Welsh neighbors. While in residence here, Wheeler served as state legislator and federal district attorney. The family moved to Washington, D.C., after Wheeler’s election to the U.S. Senate in 1922. Although a Democrat, Wheeler ran for vice president on the Progressive Party ticket in 1924 and was a controversial figure throughout his long political career. The well-kept brick and frame residence, nestled close between its neighbors, retains its original turn-of-the-twentieth-century appearance. For this reason and for its important historical associations, the home merits a place of honor in this South Butte neighborhood." - NHRP/Montana Historical Society Plaque Montana home (1908-23) of a Senate radical of the 1920s and 1930s. The first prominent Democrat to support F.D.R. for the Presidency, he later broke with Roosevelt over the court-packing plan and Lend-Lease. - National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 8, 1976

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Wheeler, Burton K., House
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
Significant years
1908; 1923
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2021: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • June 27, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • June 11, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added to description