Saturday, April 13, 2013

15-19 West Broadway (Mantle / Henderson & Bielenberg Building)

The M&B Block housed Khoury and Co. in 1939.

Built: c. 1890

A graceful semicircular arched entry of rough quarried stone is a striking feature of this three-story commercial/residential building that once housed the publisher of the Butte Miner. Built circa 1890 by pioneer stockman and financier N. J. Bielenberg, the first floor was remodeled in 1891 to accommodate the publishing company. By 1900, Western Union Telegraph occupied the first floor, offices were on the second floor, and the third floor contained a lodging house and a recreation hall. Many of Butte’s unions met in this building. A sign on the building’s east side advertises the Creamery Cafe, a longtime favorite eatery and later tenant. Exceptional interior finishings include a beautiful tin ceiling, an open stairwell with a skylight above, maple floors, and varnished pine woodwork. The grand cast iron, brick, and stone fa├žade with its repetitive arch motif is today a substantial reminder of Butte’s Victorian-era prosperity.

See also these three Butte History blog posts.

Text modified from historic plaque by Montana Historical Society. Photo from Library of Congress (public domain) by Arthur Rothstein, 1939.

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