BUTTE, Mont. -

One of Butte's largest historical buildings is struggling to find new owners.

The original Butte YMCA has been on the market for 2 years.

The foundation of the building was laid in 1917 and opened in 1919.

The YMCA is one of the 4,000 buildings that are part of the National Historic Landmark District in uptown Butte.

Gretchen Miller remembers playing in the uptown YMCA as a kid.

Now she would like nothing more than to see the building be used by the community once again.

"I would love to see this building being put to use for something that is useful not only for someone who lives in Butte, but for the entire community," Miller said.

Miller is the director of the Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation, the building's current owners.

The arts foundation has put nearly $500,000 into restoring the building, including putting on a new roof.

Local architect and business owner, Mark Reavis, believes it's worth the investment.

"It's an incredible opportunity," Reavis said. "It's (uptown Butte) the thing that's unique, it's the thing that will keep people here and bring them here. So, there's lots of different approaches we're confident that its the history here that's much more important than anything."

There have been two interested buyers in the last two years.

According to Miller and Reavis the building is in useable condition and could be occupied today.

However, the 55,000 sq. ft. building remains vacant and has been subject to vandalism.

Offices on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors have all been renovated.

On the third floor of the building the basketball court is still fully intact backboards, the rims, nets, they're all still there as well as the indoor track above it.

Miller said the arts foundation is open to anyone or group who is interested in the building and that it can be used for numerous purposes.

"All ideas are welcome. we're willing to work with people if they want to put the building in use and still want us to be involved. We're more than happy to look at all offers," Miller said.

So the once thriving building that brought a community together can live again.

The building is being offered at $550,000.

To contact the arts foundation call 723-7600.