Emanuel Lutheran Church

Also known as: Butte Unity Truth Center
300 South Montana Street, Butte, MT


Emanuel Lutheran Church

Photo taken by Richard Doody in June 2019



Street View 


"EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH - Immigrants to Butte during the mining boom often lived, socialized, and worshiped with fellow nationals. Swedish Lutherans first congregated in 1896, and in 1901 they built a small wooden chapel on the back of this lot. They quickly outgrew the building, which was a mattress factory when it burned in 1937. In 1912 the congregation, which kept its early records in Swedish, began construction of this brick church at a cost of $15,000. Modest compared to neighboring St. Mark's (a German Lutheran church), Emanuel Lutheran's most prominent feature is its octagonal spire, which rests on a wooden tower ornamented with pinnacles and projecting gables. The steep pitch of the gables, lancet-arched tracery windows, and diagonal buttresses capped with contrasting sandstone trim all mark the church's design as Gothic Revival. Butte Unity Truth Center, a nondenominational Christian church, purchased the building in 1958 when Emanuel Lutheran followed its congregants to the flats. By then Emanuel Lutheran no longer exclusively served Swedes; its days as an immigrant church-bringing comfort to worshipers far from homeŚwere over." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society Plaque

Update Log 

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