Monday, March 4, 2013

209-213 North Idaho Street

By Richard I. Gibson

Architect: Charles M. Prentice
Built: c. 1898

These three attached Italianate homes step up Idaho Street, reflecting a common accommodation to Butte’s topography. The middle unit upstairs (211½) was home to Butte Police Chief of Detectives Ed Morrissey, implicated in the murder of Frank Little in 1917. Morrissey probably murdered his wife here in 1919, and died in his bed here in 1922 of injuries suffered in a fight. The brick buildings were erected before 1900, probably about 1898.

Photo by Richard Gibson

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