HISTORIC PROPERTIES SOLD IN BUTTE
These interesting and historic buildings have FOUND caring new owners. Click here for properties still available; other building descriptions can be seen here.
See also our links page for connections to rehabilitation work by Silver Bow Properties, the Leonard Hotel, and the Park Hotel-Dodge Brothers buildings.
Sears Building • YMCA • 701 N. Excelsior • Copper Mtn. Coffee Co. • Leonard Hotel •
Sears Building, East Granite Street
The Sears building located at 32-40 East Granite Street in uptown Butte was offered by Butte-Silver Bow County for redevelopment in mid-February 2006. The building was offered through the Developer's Process. The building is currently owned by the City & County of Butte Silver Bow, and is considered one of our surplus properties. As a result of this, this property can be made available through the Developer's Packet Process for $10,000. The incentive of a low price being that additional investment is made into the building, and the deed will not be turned over until such investment is made. Download Developer's Packet (DOC file) as an example of the process (note that this property has been awarded).
In April 2006, the BSB Council of Commissioners chose the proposal submitted by Nicholas Kujawa to develop a hands-on science museum on the first floor, and apartments on upper floors and public access to a rooftop deck. This project has been supported by Montana Tech professors Don and Andrea Stierle for more than seven years, and its development will be the top priority of Mr. Kujawa.
The Sears building is located in the Central Business District of Butte. This district has been in existence since the 1800s and is part of the second largest Historical Landmark District in the country. The Sears building built in 1900 during the era of significant copper production from the Butte mines, has approximately 55,000 square feet of space on four floors. The original use of the building was a grocery store and office space. The building has been vacant for a number of years. The building's first and second floor have been gutted and prepared for remodeling, all hazardous materials have been removed. The upper floors would make idea individual office space. The roof and joist system was replaced in 1994 and is in excellent condition. A state of the art generator has already been purchased for the building and is ready for installation.
The property is also located within the Urban Revitalization Agency (URA) district. Any investment into the property therefore qualifies for partnership from the URA in the form of matching grants (up to $150,000 annually for 3 years) and low interest loans ($300,000 annually for 3 years). Partnership by the URA can reach $450,000 annually for 3 years, more information about the URA and its programs is available upon request.
Please call (406) 497-6467 if you have further questions.
Butte YMCA Building
405 West Park
Butte, Montana 59701
This handsome brick and cast stone, six-story building, built in the early 20th Century, has been serving the citizens of Butte for almost 100 years. Designed in the neo-classic style, the building features a columned entrance surmounted by a broken pediment. Further exterior decor is provided by a series of striking sports theme bas-reliefs which adorn the upper facade.
The interior is in remarkably good structural condition and features much of its original interior decor. The top three floors were the hotel portion of the building and are currently used for storage. The first three floors are public rooms and include a gymnasium with a second-story jogging track and a beautiful tiled interior swimming pool, both in excellent condition. The public floors also had a bowling alley, billiard room, and reading room, the basics of which are still there. The rest of these floors are original office and classroom space.
In 2005-2006, the YMCA building was acquired by the non-profit Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation, which renamed the property the Museum of Fine Arts - Butte. Small business offices, office suites, artists's studios, and other uses are available, including receptions and weddings. Call 723-7600 for more information.
701 No. Excelsior
This great little 2 bedroom, 1 bath home was sold in late 2006. The place is in really good shape, although it has been empty for a year or two. Butte CPR recently boarded up the back and north side windows because people had been entering the building. We also cleaned up the yard, so it wouldn’t detract from the kept-up neighborhood.
Other than a needed clean out of trash from the interior, some re-attachment of plumbing fixtures, and some TLC, the home appears to be near move-in condition. The forced air furnace seems to be modern, the kitchen has a modern electric stove, and there’s a clawfoot tub in the bath that looters were not able to remove. People did do some damage when they removed some built-in cabinets and some of the trim, but the damage is relatively minor.
The building is one of the many properties that was under the executer control of Mark Rule & Co., 926 So. Arizona, Butte, MT 723-3266. Please directly contact that firm if you are interested in investing in a number of other buildings.
Window detail photo • Backyard view
Come to Butte! Meet our friendly people, enjoy our spectacular views, great weather, and elegant buildings. BUTTE: "Where Mining and Manhattan meet in Montana."
Copper Mountain Coffee Company
401 N. Main Street
Sit back, relax, and pour yourself a cup-a-joe in this 110+ year-old newly restored coffee house. Most recently, it was renovated to accommodate the Copper Mountain Coffee Company, but in the last century this distinctive building has been used as a bank, barber, mortuary, and residence.
At approximately 3,500 square feet, this 1891 building, with its decorative brickwork, recessed entries, and copper covered cupola, mimics the architectural detail found in eastern U.S. industrial cities of the time. The businesses that it housed were a contributing element to the Central Business and Landmark District of Butte.
Apartments on the second level have been restored and upgraded. Large bay windows provide a magnificent view that overlooks the city of Butte and reaches east to the Continental Divide and south to the Highland Mountains.
Sold as of Feb. 2007.
Historic Leonard Hotel: 215 W. Granite, Butte
Construction on the Leonard was begun in March of 1906. Butte was experiencing an economic boom, and there was a great demand for rental units in the growing city. The site chosen for the Leonard was considered excellent at the time of its construction: "It is close enough to the business district to be convenient, and yet far enough out to be in the fashionable residence district." (Butte Miner, March 25, 1906). It was built from the start to house several classes of tenants. The spacious front apartments for wealthier tenants had extremely tiny kitchens; as the building featured a dining parlor in the basement, it was assumed tenants would take their meals there. The apartments in the center of the building for middle-class tenants included full bathrooms and moderately-sized kitchens. At the rear of the building, apartments consisted of a single room with a closet and a sink; bathrooms were shared with other tenants. Many of the tenants in earlier years were single women: store clerks, teachers, and nurses. The Leonard was considered very respectable housing. Sold Fall 2007.
BUTTE CPR •
P.O. Box 164 • Butte, Montana 59703 •