The courthouse is known as "one of the West's most beautiful public buildings".
"The Silver Bow County Courthouse may be the state's most accessible example of the elegant and ornate approach to public buildings that was the model when Montana was young and rich at the beginning of the last century. In fact at a time when the real political power in Montana was centered in Butte, the cost of the Silver Bow County Courthouse rivaled the cost of construction for the state Capitol Building. Like other buildings in Butte's Historic Uptown district, the Courthouse was designed by the Montana architecture firm of J.G. Link & C.S. Haire in the Beaux Arts style".