Henry Kroger Residence
Butte National Historic Landmark District
Prominent contractor and real estate developer Charles Passmore, who advertised construction of homes on the installment plan, built this Queen Anne style residence in 1896. By 1897, it was home to Henry and Lavinia Kroger and their young daughter, Anita. The Krogers’ household included a live-in servant and several boarders. Henry Kroger was the proprietor of the Northwestern Bottling Works, manufacturer of iron and mineral waters; sarsaparilla, ginger ale, birch beer, and other carbonated drinks; and syrups for fountains and bars. After the Krogers moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, in 1908, a variety of tenants and their boarders occupied the home during the 1910s and 1920s. These included general practitioner Dr. Thompson Heine (1909-1911), painter John Muldoon (1920-1923), and bio psychologist Wesley Brown (1929). The two-story home features the varied wall textures of brick, wood, and stone favored during the Victorian era and architectural asymmetry typical of the Queen Anne style. A two-story corner porch, bay windows, richly colored stained-glass transoms, and an elaborately corbelled chimney reflect Charles Passmore’s meticulous attention to handsome detail.