The Archives is housed in a fire hall constructed in 1900 that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, the Board of Directors, the Friends of the Archives, and the staff successfully presented a 7.5 million dollar bond issue to the public asking to construct an archival vault and rehabilitate the historic firehouse. The voters of Butte-Silver Bow voted overwhelmingly (75 to 25%) to fund the project. Completed on June 4, 2010, the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives research facility and state-of-the-art archival vault opened to the public on September 1, 2010. As someone said recently, the Archives “has to be one of Butte’s best public investments.”
On the exterior, the architects ensured that the façade reflects the age of the original structure, and six quotations were chosen by the public to be etched in the granite on the outside of the building. The quotations epitomize the admiration people have for our community’s history and its people.