303 West Park

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Historic maps reveal that this magnificent Renaissance Revival style building had rather humble beginnings. From 1888 to 1900, a one-story frame dwelling with a simple open-air porch spanning the front occupied this site. By 1916 the residence had received a second story and a covering of brick veneer. A handsome semicircular central bay flanked by square entrance porticos with hipped tiled roofs, elaborately detailed windows, scrolled brackets, and a decorative cornice are exemplary of the style. Butte businessman Thomas Lavell, whose home was next door at 803 West Park, was the building’s longtime owner/landlord and likely responsible for its splendid makeover. Tenant Jeremiah Flanigan, cigar dealer and vice president of the Rocky Mountain Bottling Works, lived here from 1906 to circa 1915, when the house was still a single-story residence. His household included daughter Margaret and a live-in servant. Today this neighborhood landmark appears much as it did in the 1910s. Recent efforts to restore the original interior grandeur include reproduction of the original oak wainscoting and crown moldings.

Images

303 West Park
303 West Park 303 West Park (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll09 F09). Front view of the building, facing north on West Park Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Sept. 1981
303 West Park
303 West Park 303 West Park (PAc 91-51 B3 RollJK11 F15). Front to side view of the building, facing north to northeast on West Park Street. The building to the left in the photograph is no longer there. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Jeff Kestle Date: 1984

Location

303 West Park Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “303 West Park,” Story of Butte, accessed April 17, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/2033.