Thornton Hotel

Butte National Historic Landmark District

The emerging talent of architect H. M. Patterson is evident in this early example of his work, built circa 1890. Named for prominent local resident and Civil War veteran Colonel J. C. C. Thornton (who died in 1887), the stately hotel featured first-floor commercial space and upper-level apartments. Patterson’s distinctive Richardsonian Romanesque-inspired style here includes grand third-floor arches and the mixed textures of brick and stone on the façade, elements that were soon to invigorate Butte’s streetscape. The first-floor interior boasts an open oak staircase, cast-iron columns, and ornate tin ceiling, which no doubt impressed hotel guests.


Thornton Hotel
Thornton Hotel Thornton Hotel. Front view of the building, facing north on East Broadway Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Brian Shovers Date: 1985


53 East Broadway Street, Butte, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Thornton Hotel,” Story of Butte, accessed June 22, 2024,