The Button Shop
Jean Allen's Antler Artistry
1953 Log Cabin Shop Still Stands on 11th Ave.

PHOTOS FROM "PROFITABLE HOBBIES" MAGAZINE, OCT. 1952


"The Button Shop", a unique endeavor by Jean Cordell Allen (1903-1972), operated at two locations in Helena. The first shop, pictured below, stood at 1520 Euclid (between Mountain View and Garrison) from 1948 to 1953. Jean Allen built a second log structure at 1807 Eleventh Avenue in 1953; it stands today.

 

 

A Selection of Jean's Handiwork

 


Screw-back Antler Earrings by Jean Allen, circa 1948



COURTESY OF DOUG AND KATHY LINDGREN

 


Antler Sculpture by Jean Allen, date unknown

 



Lived in a Tent on Euclid Avenue for Two Years




Read Dorothy Helton's "Profitable Hobbies" Article About Jean


Clicking on the magazine cover will open the text of the article in a new window.

Sincere thanks to Robert Lawrence of AntiqueBusinessOwner.com for scans of this rare article about Jean.


Button Shop Moves to 1807 Eleventh Avnue, 1953

Jean Allen was granted a divorce from Floyd Allen in December of 1951. Floyd was ordered to pay the mortgage on their Euclid Avenue home, which may have led to the 1952 sale of that home and Jean's building of the combination shop / residence on Eleventh Avenue in 1953.



1807 Eleventh Avenue, 2011
Now Lay of the Land Surveying


PHOTO BY KENNON BAIRD

Many Helenans will recall when there was a large pile of antlers outside this building.



Huntington, West Virgina, Gallery Show



Two Unusual Newspaper Stories


The last mention of the Button Shop I find in the available online newspaper archives is from May 1970, when items from the Button Shop were being sold. The Saddle Rest Antique Shop opened in the building in June of 1970. Jean Allen died in Seattle, Washington, on March 27, 1972.`