Kaufman Residence

Architect Henry M. Patterson designed this Queen Anne style house in 1895. Patterson also designed the Butte Public Library, Columbia Gardens Pavilion, and many Butte homes.

William B. Hamilton, a banker and realtor at William A. Clark & Bro., built the house as an investment property and lived next door at number 921. Lawyer John B. Wellcome and wife Emily lived here briefly from 1898 to 1899. John, who represented copper king William A. Clark, was disbarred in 1899 for bribing state legislators to vote for Clark during his campaign for U.S. Senate. A store manager, brewing company president, and two mining superintendents and their families succeeded the Wellcome family. In 1917, pioneer Butte businessman Louis Kaufman and wife Ellen purchased the home. Louis owned the Butte Mining Machinery Co. while Ellen raised children Leonard and Helen. Louis died in 1931, but Ellen remained in residence until 1939. During World War II, Leonard arranged logistics for the Normandy invasion under General Eisenhower and after the war Helen worked in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany, as a War Department secretary for various U.S. military generals.

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917 West Broadway Street
917 West Broadway Street Source: 1959 Tax Assessment Card, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives

Location

917 West Broadway

Metadata

Montana Historical Society, “Kaufman Residence,” Story of Butte, accessed April 14, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/3467.