Federal Building, Butte

Butte National Historic Landmark District

For one dollar copper king Marcus Daly and J. H. Leyson donated the land to construct this massive brick and stone civic building. Local builders Shackleton and Whiteway won the bid for the $279,000 building, and ground-breaking took place in October of 1902. An excellent representation of early-twentieth-century civic architecture, the design features elements of the then-popular Beaux Arts style with neo-classical embellishments and an ornately appointed interior. Dedication took place in December 1904, with the U.S. post office and federal courts as the first occupants. The building later housed offices for the Department of Agriculture and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Images

Federal Building, Butte
Federal Building, Butte View of the Federal Building (post office and courthouse) at the northeast corner of Main and Copper streets in Butte, Montana. The building is now called the Mike Mansfield Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. Source: 946-101, MHS Legacy Photograph Collection, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT. Creator: B. E. Calkins and Co. Date: Between 1905 and 1920
Federal Building, Butte
Federal Building, Butte Photomechanical postcard view of the Federal Building (post office and courthouse) at the northeast corner of Main and Copper streets in Butte, Montana. The building is now called the Mike Mansfield Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. Postmarked Butte, Oct. 23, 1907. Source: 946-102, MHS Legacy Photograph Collection, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT. Creator: Unknown Date: 1905-1907
Federal Building
Federal Building Federal Building, facing northeast, front view. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: June 2008
Federal Building, Butte, MT
Federal Building, Butte, MT Black and white stereograph image showing main facade (west elevation) of the Federal building Source: Montana Historical Society, N. A. Forsyth Stereograph Collection (ST 001.075) Creator: N.A. Forsyth, photographer Date: circa 1901-1911

Location

400-408 North Main Street, Butte, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Federal Building, Butte,” Story of Butte, accessed April 17, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/1974.