CPR keeps abreast of initiatives by local government and business and civic organizations, supporting or opposing them and offering development assistance as appropriate. CPR members attend meetings including those of the Urban Revitalization Agency, Historic Preservation Commission, and Council of Commissioners. CPR was instrumental in improving contacts between Butte-Silver Bow County and buyers of tax-delinquent property. CPR members have been appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission and the County Planning Board.
When demolition is unavoidable, CPR salvages historic architectural features and sells them for recycled use in historic buildings. Some of the larger salvage efforts included a major renovation of a building on the Montana Tech campus, the Superintendent's House at the Warm Springs Hospital (in cooperation with the Anaconda Historical Society), and various residential properties that St. James Healthcare needed to demolish. CPR was able to salvage maple, oak, and fir flooring, staircases, moldings, pillars, hardware, doors and door frames, casings, baseboards, drawers, tin ceiling tiles, marble, windows, banisters, and bathroom furnishings. Some examples of available salvage.
CPR provides labor - all on a volunteer basis - to accomplish the salvage described above and the building improvements described below.
Through its Historic Improvement Project grant program, CPR gives grants up to $1,000 to owners of pre-1950 residential and commercial buildings. Recipients can use grant money for facade improvements such as exterior painting, brick re-pointing, and replacing or repairing original architectural features. Awards have totaled $17,000 since 1997. More information on Grants - Previous grant winners.
Butte CPR offers a free service, on a first-come, first-served basis. We have chains to anchor your antique wrought iron gate, or we will come to your location and weld a bolt to the hinge to prevent removal of the gate. This service is prompted by a recent series of thefts of the popular and valuable artifacts. Butte CPR wants Butte's heritage to stay in Butte.
To take advantage of the service, call us at 723-2174, or E-mail us.