Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization

P.O. Box 164, Butte, MT 59703

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Next Public Meeting:

Tuesday, Aril 16th, 2018

Tuesday, May 21st, 2018

Tuesday, June 18th, 2018
7:00 pm
BSB Archives
17 W. Quartz

Upcoming Events:



April 10th

May 23rd

June 20th

August 16th

September 12th

In the alley behind Piccadilly Museum of Transportation. 20 West Broadway

Butte CPR gratefully accepts salvage donations. Proceeds from the Salvage Sales support the Historic Improvement Program grants, and go directly back into the community. For more information contact us at www.buttecpr.org or facebook.com/ButteCPR.

Dust to Dazzle 2018
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Properties: To be announced
Cost is $15 each. For more information Call 782-3682 or send an email to info@buttecpr.org.

Historic Improvement Project Fund 2018
Accepting applications Feb. 1, 2018
Deadline for applications Aril 20th, 2018
See website for more information or email to info@buttecpr.org.

Calendar of Events

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In the summer of 1994 a group of residents of Butte, Montana, committed to the preservation and promotion of Butte's unique historical architecture, came together to form the Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization — Butte CPR.

CPR provides grants to improve buildings, educational tours, lectures, preservation workshops, and other events, liaison with local government, business, and civic organizations, and the labor to restore, renovate and salvage historical buildings in the nation's largest National Historic Landmark District, encompassing 5,991 historically significant resources.

Butte CPR's efforts have impacted dozens of buildings, both residential and commercial, since the organization was founded. Join us and help make a difference!

DUST to DAZZLE, Historic Homes Tour

JUNE 24th, 2017

Butte CPR opens the doors to Butte's architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes and commerical buildings during it's annual Dust to Dazzle, Historic Homes Tour.

This year our annual Dust to Dazzle tour will include five homes to inspire visitors:

The Sister Houses

The iconic "Sister houses" at 845 and 855 West Granite have evolved over the years in varied ways with different owners, but have retained their historic integrity. Built in 1891 by bank president Andrew J. Davis and his brother John E. Davis, a grocer and hardware merchant, the homes' Queen Anne style and Eastlake details are reflected in mirror image but with different color schemes. Matching stained glass windows were crafted in a Tiffany studio located in Butte. Inlaid floors and woodwork crafted from cherry and oak have been restored. The Davis home features a brick carriage house with an elevator for carriages and sleighs and a groomsman's apartment. Intriguing differences within the homes attest to continuing, caring stewardship.

The Kelley Mansion

The Kelley Mansion at 829 West Park reflects the prosperity mined from the Butte hill. Built by Cornelius Kelley in 1906, this neoclassical revival mansion features a large circular entrance portico with Ionic columns supporting a third-floor porch with decorative balustrade. Guests visiting the ballroom could spill out onto this porch with its expansive views. Raised in Butte, Kelley advanced to become President and then Chairman of the Board of the Anaconda Copper Company, retiring in New York City in 1955. Other prominent residents included Bruce Kremer, an attorney and popular orator, and Daniel Kelly, a Vice-President of Montana operations for the A.C. M. Co. Recent work has restored original features while accommodating the comfort of its residents.

The W.A. Clark Jr. Carriage House & Stables

834 and 836 West Galena, a building unique in its time, was built by W. A. Clark in 1900 for his son as a spacious stable and luxurious carriage house. Large stone arches, a Spanish tile roof, and a wrought iron gate graced the exterior. Boasting white porcelain walls, iron columns, and brass ornamentation, the "horses belonging to Mr. Clark can congratulate themselves that they are living in a palace." The stable and house were constructed at the same time for $35,000. The original marble mantels and elegant oak paneling, staircase, and flooring remain within. Remodeling was done in the 1950ís as evidenced by the mid-century lights, colorful bathroom fixtures, metal-clad kitchen cabinets, and massive Garland stove. Extensive work is once more planned to renew the life of this unusual and historic building.

The basement apartment at 128 West Galena in the business district is accessed from the alley via Mercury Street. This two-story brick structure was built in 1901 as a typical duplex residential dwelling by Frank H. Rooney, a successful merchant broker who went on to serve as Governor of Montana from 1933 until his death in 1935. The other flat was occupied by Charles M. Joyce, a barber at 41 North Main. His business expanded to include Turkish baths and a beauty parlor and was open 24 hours. Mr. Joyce resided at the Galena address until his death in 1928. The building was converted at some point to a business office with living quarters above, and, recently, the conversion of the basement into a delightful home showcases attractive stone walls and innovative use of limited space.

Each of these homes has a connection to people important to the history of Butte, but each also stands on its own as a worthy example of the varied architecture of the historic district.

Through their positive, hands-on participation in the civic life of Butte, [Butte CPR is] creating a greater understanding that Butte's historic architecture is what makes Butte what it is. And that is something worth fighting for!"
— Montana State Historic Preservation Office

CPR's operation is partially supported by a grant from the Montana Cultural Trust and by donations from members.