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Butte's Clark Chateau under new management

Published On: Nov 07 2013 05:55:55 PM MST
BUTTE, Mont. -

Butte's historic Clark Chateau has new managers.

On Wednesday night, the Council of Commissioners approved a proposal allowing Butte's Public Archives to take over the building temporarily.

The Clark Chateau has served many functions throughout the years. Now, Butte-Silver Bow and the Butte Public Archives plan to get the community involved to decide what's in store for the building's future.

"It's been used for events, it's been used for classes, it's been used for gallery and exhibit showings," said Chief Executive Matt Vincent, "so those are a lot of different things."

But now the city is looking to write the next chapter in the building's history. Chief Executive Vincent said it starts with restoration.

"It's been a lingering question of what are we going to do with the $35,000," he explained.

Ellen Crain, the director of the Butte Public Archives said their plan is to use the $35,000 originally planned for the Arts Foundation to maintain the building, for a much needed restoration.

"We are intending to order a preservation assessment and restoration assessment on the building, and then we will start to develop a restoration plan for that building," Crain explained.

Crain explained that once restoration is complete, the community will be tapped for ideas.

"We will conduct a series of public meetings that will ask the public how do they feel about that building, what would they like to see that building used for," she said.

Both Crain and Chief Executive Vincent said they're excited to see what happens next.

"With the communities involvement, we can come up with some really great ideas," Crain said.

"Any of those options or whatever folks bring to the table, I'm all ears," said Vincent.

In mid-October, Butte-Silver Bow evicted the previous building manager, the Butte Arts Foundation.

Chief Executive Vincent said the Butte Arts Foundation had not been meeting the terms of its lease agreement.