Dust to Dazzle
Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization Inc. presents the Dust to Dazzle Renovation Home Tours to showcase recent and progressing projects in historic Butte. Tours provide an opportunity to view structures in varying stages of renovation. There is usually a charge for the D2D tours - check the current year page for details. 2011 tour will be Saturday June 25.
Owners are present to explain their
renovation process, problems encountered, and
motivations. Butte CPR volunteers serve as
guides, providing additional information. A short
history of each building and its National Register
significance will be available as well.
The tours are sponsored in part by area vendors whose products and services are used in the projects; they aer on hand to speak with tour attendees and offer assistance in explaining their products and services. In addition state and local historic preservation organizations are often represented, including representatives of the BSB Historic Preservation Commission, to answer questions about the new Historic Preservation Ordinance and associated guidelines and tax incentives.
Proceeds benefit Butte CPR's many projects, most notably its Historic Improvement Project fund, which has provided awards of more than $20,000 to property owners for improvements. While the funds raised will be a welcome assist, the principal reasons for the tour are to inspire people to purchase and restore historic buildings in Butte (now, together with Anaconda, the nation's largest National Historic Landmark District), to show what great results can be achieved while bringing an historic building back from the brink, and to meet the varied and wonderful people who enjoy doing it. We hope that tour attendees and volunteers will find a new neighbor!
Advance tickets are usually available; check the page for the current year for dates and locations.
Past Dust to Dazzle Tours:
2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010
Please e-mail CPR or call 490-3216 for more info and/or to Volunteer! • Back to top
Stained Glass Tours
CPR's stained glass tours have ranged from self-guided voluntarily-lit walking tours to guided tours of specific churches. For 2008, a trolley ride focused on Butte's literary and art history, visiting homes of writers and painters as well as two historic churches. In 2006, thanks to a grant from the Montana Cultural Trust, we prepared a full-color 56-page booklet on stained glass in 10 historic places of worship in Uptown Butte (still available). Please check the link for the current year once it becomes available for current plans. 2009: May 31 - guided walking tour of selected Uptown Churches. Meet at St. Mark's Lutheran at 12:00 noon. Walk lasts 2 hours.
Past Stained Glass - Literary Tours:
2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008
To help with this tour series, come to a meeting or let us know you'd like to help on the planning committee.
Historic Homes Tours
At present CPR is not offering these tours - they've largely been replaced by the Christmastime tours sponsored by the Butte Symphony Orchestra.
Past Home Tour description