826 South Main Street

Butte National Historic Landmark District

The fish scale shingles ornamenting the front gable end reveal the Victorian-era roots of this home, built between 1891 and 1900. The front gable and originally a large wraparound porch added room and elegance to the structure’s core: a basic hipped roof worker’s cottage. In 1900, livestock dealer Stephen Fitchett owned the residence with his wife, Anna. The Charles and Nellie Foley family lived here from 1908 through 1918. As was typical in Butte, the Foley children boarded at home after they went to work. In 1910, nineteen-year-old daughter Winifred worked as a stenographer while seventeen-year-old son Cornelius worked as a “nipper” in the St. Lawrence mine. Also unfortunately typical was the toll mining took on the family. Workplace accidents and disease cut short the lives of many miners. In particular, silicate dust scarred miners’ lungs, making them susceptible to tubercular bacteria, which bred freely in the hot, humid, and poorly ventilated mine shafts. “Miners con” killed approximately a man a day in Butte, including Charles Foley, who died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1913 at the age of forty-nine.

Images

826 South Main Street
826 South Main Street 826 South Main Street (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJuK05 F33). Front view of the house, facing east on South Main Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jude Kinney Date: 1984

Location

826 South Main Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “826 South Main Street,” Story of Butte, accessed June 22, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/1990.