PRESS RELEASE: July 13, 2007
Curt Buttons makes major donation for Dumas preservation
Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization announced a $20,000 gift from Butte native Curt Buttons, earmarked for the CPR to seek contractors to perform major roof and structural work on the 1890 Dumas Brothel in Butte, Montana. The building is among the oldest surviving 3-story Victorian brothels in the United States.
Curt’s generous donation will be used by Butte CPR to pay for critically needed repairs, including structural brick and foundation work. “Our goal is to save the building. Without a new roof and foundation repair, this important building will rapidly deteriorate,” CPR President Larry Smith said, adding that Curt’s gift was the spark that made the effort possible.
Owner Rudy Giecek has encouraged the CPR’s efforts in the project, expected to cost at least $40,000. The CPR will administer and manage finances and oversee repairs, and is actively seeking donations including private support as well as local agency funding and matching. In addition to Curt Buttons’ contribution, Butte CPR received $1300 raised by Susan Roberts’ pass-the-hat production of “Scarlet Ribbons” and $250 from an anonymous donor.
The Dumas’ roof is leaking badly, about 10 feet of an originally exterior, load-bearing masonry wall is collapsing, and roofing is separating from brick parapets, allowing moisture into the exterior wall structures. The goal is to fix the foundation, stabilize the structure, and install a new roof.
Butte CPR is nominating the Dumas to the Montana Preservation Alliance’s “Most Threatened” list for 2007. The MPA has listed the Dumas in the past, but the threat to the building is much greater today than it has ever been.