Before Alfred and Belle Kremer were married in late 1909, they planned to build this exemplary Craftsman style residence, completed in 1910. Alfred, a lawyer, and Belle, a homemaker and club woman, chose house plans created by New York furniture designer Gustav Stickley. Stickley was a popular promoter of the Arts and Crafts design movement, which encouraged simplicity, natural materials, and comfort in decorative arts and architecture. While numerous Craftsman bungalows line Butte’s streets, the Kremer home is exceptional in its detailing. From the expansive wood-shingle siding and sleeping porch to the spacious open floorplan, imposing stone fireplace, and built-in cabinetry, the house radiates the Craftsman ideal. The Kremer’s artistic home reflected their ardent support for the arts. In the 1920s, they organized the Butte Community Concert Association to bring international music and dance to town. Both were also active with Butte Friends of the Library and the Junior League. Belle died in 1942, but Alfred lived here until his death in 1975. Their only daughter, Isabel—a retired United Nations employee and executive with Girl Scouts of America—resided here from 1975 to 1978.
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