Clerke's Clothing Store

123 N Main Street, Butte, MT


Clerke's Clothing Store

Photo taken by Richard Doody in June 2019



Street View 


"Cast-iron pilasters, a metal cornice, interior hardwood paneling and a pressed metal ceiling are reminders of the varied remodelings of this early commercial building, constructed before 1884. In 1895, architect H. M. Patterson remodeled the building for $5,000, adding a cast-iron storefront. By 1910, Clerke’s Clothing Store occupied both this building and the one next door. Store president Samuel Clerke installed the metal cornice joining the two buildings. During the 1930s at this address Butte’s immensely popular Spokane Cafe served a sizeable clientele. The building’s most significant use, however, occurred in 1905. During that year the Woman’s Protective Union (W.P.U.), predecessor of today’s Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union and the nation’s first union for women, met upstairs. This pivotal organization was founded in Butte in 1893 so that women would not “…be behind their brothers in demanding their rights.” - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2021: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 13, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • August 13, 2019: Added by Richard Doody