414 West Granite

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Butte’s architectural diversity is legendary, and this Mission style home adds to that reputation. The Mission style traces its roots to Hispanic California and in Montana, it most frequently appears in civic, rather than residential, buildings. Butte’s copper king W. A. Clark, for example, employed the style for his celebrated Columbia Gardens amusement park. This is Butte’s only residential example of the style. A stucco exterior; heavy, square columns; and a shaped parapet are the style’s hallmarks. Its rich interior features ceilings with exposed beams, inlaid floors, and oak, teak, and walnut woodwork. The original cloth tapestry wallpaper and an exquisite stained glass window grace the dining room. Arthur L. Schimpf acquired title of the property from the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company and built the home in 1908. Schimpf was the proprietor of the famous Atlantic Saloon, a Butte fixture that reputedly had the longest bar in the world. Longtime property owners Michael L. and Christy McGrath, also bar owners, brought an additional unique connection: Christy’s grandfather was once a bartender at the Atlantic Saloon.

Images

414 West Granite
414 West Granite 414 West Granite (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll21 F25). Front to side view of the house, facing south to southwest on West Granite Street near the intersecting corner of North Jackson Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981

Location

414 West Granite Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “414 West Granite,” Story of Butte, accessed April 17, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/1947.