Preservation is the name of the game for Peggy Guccione | Local

Guccione and her husband, Doy Zachry, divide their time between Arkansas and their home in the Pioneer Mountains. But while living in Montana, she enjoys bringing buildings back to life and using them.

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“Especially the ones that others wouldn’t look twice at,” she said.

Always on the lookout, just before signing on the dotted line for Curtis Music Hall, Guccione considered buying the “Blue Range” nurseries on East Mercury Street, which once housed Butte’s prostitutes.

“It got me nowhere,” Guccione said. “Then I heard that Gamer was for sale. “

The businesswoman began her research on the Uptown Butte building which was constructed in 1892. She liked what she saw.

During its nearly 130 years of history, the building has housed, in addition to a music hall, a bar and a theater. It was also used at one time as a rooming house.

“Much of it is in its original condition and the upstairs is amazing,” said Guccione, who hopes to rent out the restaurant and casino. “It has the most beautiful atrium.”

As for the second, third and fourth floors, she plans to turn them into apartments but is open to many possibilities, including condos.

Now the real work begins and involves a number of steps.

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