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Butte Historic Trust purchases first home to restore

Posted at 3:57 PM, Dec 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-10 18:24:10-05

BUTTE - The Butte Historic Trust sees the potential of a rundown historical building to become a home once more.

The trust purchased the house as part of their program to restore, rehabilitate, and sell historic homes in Butte.

"You know it’s such a great city and I think I didn’t really appreciate that as a kid, but I just love the history and I love how much one piece of architecture can tell about Butte," said Emma Cunneen.

The house was built in the 1890s for a woman who lost her husband in a mining accident. From then on, the house was purchased by widows.

The home was even used as a boarding house. but time had passed and the old home sat empty for years.

The windows were covered in dust and boarded up. Holes could be seen throughout the walls of the house.

The dirty clawfoot bathtub left in what used to be the bathroom was stripped of its feet.

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The house was built in the 1890s for a woman who lost her husband in a mining accident. From then on, the house was purchased by widows. The house was even used as a boarding house.

The house on Jackson Street was purchased through the Butte-Silver Bow tax auction for $11,000.

Butte Historic Trust’s goal for the house right now is to fix and partly rebuild the foundation, install all new wiring, new plumbing and insulation.

Plans are to make the historical house a two-bedroom, one and a half bath once completed.

"Like our goal is just kinda to be part of the effort of reviving Uptown Butte and just glorifying and celebrating its history," said Cunneen.

The funds from the sale of the house will go toward their next restoration project.