Finlen Hotel

100 E Broadway, Butte, MT

Nine story French Second Empire style hotel built in 1924

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Finlen Hotel

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2006

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The Finlen Hotel stands on the site of the old McDermott Hotel, built in 1889. James T. Finlen bought the McDermott in 1902 and renamed it the Finlen Hotel. James, however, envisioned an even grander hotel located on Broadway. The hotel was closed and demolished in 1923. The architectural firm of Shanley and Baker was hired to design the new hotel.

Shanley and Baker designed the Finlen Hotel after the Hotel Astor in New York City. The plans called for a nine-story French Second Empire building with a copper shingled roof. A local contractor, Albert Broadland, broke ground on the new building in the fall of 1923 and completed construction on New Year’s Day, 1924. After spending $750,000 for its construction, James saw his vision become reality. The Finlen officially opened its doors in February 1924.

The McDermott Hotel had been host to many notables including Marcus Daly, William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, and the noted western artist Charles Russell. The Finlen Hotel continued the tradition of playing host to the famous as they came to Butte. Some of the notables who stayed at the Finlen include Charles Lindberg, Mrs. Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, then Senator John F. Kennedy, and then Vice-President Richard Nixon.

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2021: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped landmark
  • September 23, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • July 7, 2018: Added by Richard Doody

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