BUTTE, Mont. – The Montana Main Street Program at the Department of Commerce is excited to announce that Butte is a winner in a national Partners in Preservation competition.
Last month, Commerce nominated Butte’s Wah Chong Tai Mercantile and Wai Wah Noodle Parlor to compete with 19 other projects across the nation for a share of $2 million in American Express funding for preservation projects. Due to a strong, Montana-wide voting presence, Butte was able to secure a $150,000 award from Partners in Preservation that will assist in a rehabilitation of the historic building.
"Butte competed against great preservation projects around the country and places that have a much higher population than us," Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. "It definitely shows what kind of support and pride we have with the folks in Butte and all over Montana."
The 11 winning historic sites will receive a total of $1.6 million in grants to fund their respective preservation projects. An additional $400,000 was allocated to the 20 Main Street communities that participated in the program to increase public awareness of the importance of these historic places and build grassroots support for the participating Main Street districts.
Partners in Preservation is an initiative created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to engage the public in preserving and increasing awareness of America’s historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.
For a complete list of winners, visit SAVINGPLACES.org.