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Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Emanuel Lutheran Church

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Emanuel Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2021
1. Emanuel Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription.  Immigrants to Butte during the mining boom often lived, socialized, and worshipped with fellow nationals. Swedish Lutherans first congregated in 1896, and in 1901 they built a small wooden chapel on the back of this lot. They quickly outgrew the building, which was a mattress factory when it burned in 1937. In 1912, the congregation, which kept its early records in Swedish, began construction of this brick church at a cost of $15,000. Modest compared to neighboring St. Mark’s a German Lutheran church, Emanuel Lutheran’s most prominent feature is its octagonal spire, which rests on a wooden tower ornamented with pinnacles and projecting gables. The steep pitch of the gables, lancet-arched tracery windows, and diagonal buttresses capped with contrasting sandstone trim all mark the church’s design as Gothic Revival. Butte Unity Truth Center, a nondenominational Christian church, purchased the building in 1958 when Emanuel Lutheran followed its congregants to the flats. By then Emanuel Lutheran no longer exclusively served Swedes; its days as an immigrant church—bringing comfort to worshippers far from home—were over.
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marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & ReligionNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 46° 0.59′ N, 112° 32.34′ W. Marker is in Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow County. Marker is at the intersection of South Montana Street and West Silver Street, on the right when traveling north on South Montana Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South Montana Street, Butte MT 59701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. James Hospital Nurses Dormitory (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Apartments (about 700 feet away); St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal (South) Church (about 800 feet away); St. Patrick's Catholic Church (about 800 feet away); Paumie Block (about 800 feet away); Butte Buick Company/Schumacher Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); 321 West Galena (approx. 0.2 miles away); B'nai Israel Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Butte.
Emanuel Lutheran Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 13, 2021
2. Emanuel Lutheran Church and Marker
The marker is at the top of the steps.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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