Virginia Apartments

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Excellence of design, thoughtful planning and careful owners have allowed this exceptional apartment building to survive the test of time. Essentially unchanged inside and out, the four-story building on its prominent corner is an excellent example of Butte’s early twentieth century urban character. Woodwork handsomely finished in mahogany, hardwood floors, French doors, and plenty of natural lighting combined with well-designed space to offer moderately affluent couples and small families a marvelous alternative to the single-family home. The twenty-five studio units are just as gracious and comfortable today as when they were built in 1916. Most apartments feature a living room, dining room, sleeping alcove, and small modernized kitchen. Originally, a Murphy bed tucked into an adjoining walk-in closet converted the dining room to a bedroom. Even the Otis elevator, which carried the first residents to their respective floors, is still in service.

Images

Virginia Apartments
Virginia Apartments Virginia Apartments (PAc 91-51 B3 Roll11 F34A). Front view of the building, facing east on South Washington Street near the corner of South Washington and West Silver Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Martha Catlin Date: 1983
Virginia Apartments
Virginia Apartments Virginia Apartments (PAc 91-51 B3 Roll11 F35A). Front to side view of the building, facing northeast on the corner of South Washington Street and West Silver Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Martha Catlin Date: 1983
Virginia Apartments, Butte, MT
Virginia Apartments, Butte, MT View of facade Source: iPhone 8 image capture, jpeg format Creator: Martha Kohl, photographer Date: May 28, 2021

Location

230 South Washington Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Virginia Apartments,” Story of Butte, accessed May 18, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/2058.