1201 North Alabama

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Well-known Butte realtor E. Sterrett Shields and his family were the longtime residents of this interesting home, built just after the turn of the twentieth century. Shields was secretary/treasurer of the Butte Land and Investment Company and a nephew of its founder, S. V. Kemper. The firm developed much of the West Side, specializing in “installment sales.” Shields, who lived here from 1908 to 1941, had established his own real estate business by 1917. He advertised opposite his uncle in the city directory, “We court investigation. If we haven’t what you want, we’ll find it.” The Colonial Revival style home features a full-front gambrel roof, gambrel gable, and open porch with Tuscan columns. Bay and diamond-paned windows are reminiscent of the Victorian-era Queen Anne style. A band of windows above the porch and square sloping column supports reflect the newer Craftsman style. This adventurous mixture is an attractive bridge between the architecture of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


1201 North Alabama
1201 North Alabama 1201 North Alabama (PAc 91-51 B3 RollDH01 F15). Front to side view of the house, facing northwest on North Alabama Street near the corner of North Alabama and Zarelda Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Donna Hartmans Date: 1984


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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “1201 North Alabama,” Story of Butte, accessed July 14, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/1859.