Bridget Shea Residence

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Tucked into the steep slope of Butte hill, this wonderfully preserved four-square cottage well represents Butte’s working backbone. Real estate mogul Josiah Beck built the modest home in 1885 over the Silver King Lode. Charles Eltinge, its first owner, was a correspondence clerk for W. A. Clark. The Eltinge family was strangely connected to America’s first famous female impersonator, William Julian Dalton, who was a neighbor and chum of Eltinge’s son. The performer took Julian Eltinge as his stage name. By 1916, James and Bridget Shea owned the home. Widowed during the influenza epidemic of 1918, Bridget raised four small children working as a waitress. She began a 25-year career in 1930 as business agent for the Women’s Protective Union, likely having experienced this need firsthand. The Shea family owned the house until 1978. Unusual decorative lattice and diamond openings at the porch base add individuality to the standard vernacular design. Original varnished woodwork, French doors, and hardwood floors grace the interior. Bridget’s carefully tended garden of shrub roses, lilacs, and lavender are a fragrant and lasting legacy.

Images

Bridget Shea Residence
Bridget Shea Residence Bridget Shea Residence (PAc 91-51 B1 Roll23 F29). Front to side view of the house, facing north to northeast on West Quartz Street near the corner of West Quartz and North Idaho 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

211 West Quartz Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Bridget Shea Residence,” Story of Butte, accessed April 14, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/2093.