Sunday, May 26, 2013

227 East Granite

By Richard I. Gibson

Built: c. 1890

This house, one of few that survive in this part of Granite Street, had a carpenter’s shed along the alley to the rear when it was built about 1890. It has several additions, including a flat-roofed section and a gable-roofed addition on the rear, and the street-level garage is post-1916.

The original address here was 219 E. Granite, changed by 1891 to 227. Directly across the street was the first Butte High School (later Washington Junior High).

The house was owned by Julia Coughlin at least from 1906-1918, and her son William was living here when he apparently committed suicide by drinking cyanide Nov. 7, 1932, next door at 223-225 East Granite (William Rabey’s house in 1932).

Sources: Architectural inventories, Sanborn maps, city directories; Anaconda Standard, Nov. 7, 1932. Photo by Richard I. Gibson.


  1. Dick, I like your attention to the small as well as the great Butte structures.

    I have a question when we next meet: when did the era of enclosed porches begin in Butte? In my hometown of Bradford, Pennyslvania, it seems to have been a 1940s-50s-60s trend. But some enclosed porches in Butte look original to the house?

  2. That's an excellent question, and I can speculate (some) but I really don't know. My own house has a small enclosed front porch that was probably enclosed after the house was built, but not too long - but I don't know when. It's possible that mine was original, and some almost certainly are. Maybe someone else has better info.