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Science and Engineering Hall

This site was first home to barracks for the Student Army Training Corps during World War I. When the war ended, the barracks were converted into what was described as a freshman drawing room and a physics laboratory and office. However, in the winter of 1920 McKinley Elementary caught fire, leaving students with no classrooms. The barracks were quickly repurposed into classrooms for the children in the upper grades.

In 1923, the original campus gymnasium became the Engineering Building, and a new gymnasium was needed. The gymnasium was completed in 1925, and included a swimming pool, handball courts, running track, showers, and locker rooms, as well as a hardwood playing floor with seating for 2,500 spectators. The building was connected via a tunnel to the neighboring building to the south, which is still used by students today. There was also a tunnel that led from the locker rooms to Leonard Field, allowing football players to make a grand entrance during home games. Notably, there is a football player-gargoyle sporting a vintage uniform above the main entrance.

In 1980, the building was added onto and remodeled into three conventional levels for classroom use.


Science and Engineering Hall View of the Science and Engineering Building on the Montana Tech campus. Source: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives Creator: C. Owen Smithers Date: Circa 1930
Football Player-Gargoyle A gargoyle in the form of a football player graces the entrance of the building. Source: Creator: Date: August, 2003


1300 West Park Street, Montana Tech Campus | Public


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Contributors: Lindsay Mulcahy, “Science and Engineering Hall,” Story of Butte, accessed June 6, 2023,