This house at 1004 Iowa Street, proposed for demolition, instead has a new owner and a new future.

This house at 1004 Iowa Street, proposed for demolition, instead has a new owner and a new future.

Demolition Prevented

This small house at 1004 Iowa Street has a new lease on life, thanks in part to the efforts of Butte CPR and others.

After its twin was destroyed by fire and needed to be torn down, this house was proposed for demolition as well. The thinking was that it would be cheaper for the county to tear down both houses at once rather than demolishing this one later should it be necessary.

The house, however, was structurally sound, although the inside was a mess. Mary McCormick, the county’s Historic Preservation Officer, put together a crew to clean out the interior of the house to make it more presentable. McCormick and Butte CPR worked to save the house, making the case for preservation to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Now the house has a new owner, who bought it recently at the public tax auction for $7,300. The new owner plans to rehabilitate the house, putting it back on the tax rolls and maintaining it as part of Butte’s stock of historic housing.