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Missoula in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

John M. Keith House

University Area Historic District

 
 
John M. Keith House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
1. John M. Keith House Marker
Inscription.  The prestigious architectural firm of Link and Haire designed this handsome residence, which reflects the Midwestern taste of its first owner, John M. Keith. Son of a farmer from New Brunswick, Canada, Keith came to Missoula in 1881. Taking a job as a cashier at the Missoula National Bank in 1888, he worked his way up to vice president. Keith had completed a third term as mayor of Missoula and been made president of the Missoula Trust and Savings Banks when his grand home was completed circa 1910. The Prairie School style, promoted by architect Frank Lloyd Wright of Chicago, was intended to imitate the “rolling Midwestern prairie terrain.” A low- pitched hipped roof and widely overhanging eaves augment the horizontal emphasis characteristic of the style, which is further enhanced by terra cotta tiles capping hip-roofed chimneys. A granite foundation and detailing add contrast to the walls of high-fired brown-rust brick. Much of the first-floor interior retains its original opulence, strongly influenced by the Craftsman style of the period, including exquisite woodwork, elegant paneling, pocket sliding doors, and a copper-clad entry
John M. Keith House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
2. John M. Keith House and Marker
The marker is to the left side of the portico half-hidden by a bush.
hall fireplace. This distinctive home served as a private residence until the 1930s when it was purchased by the Sigma Chi fraternity.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 46° 51.641′ N, 113° 59.725′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is at the intersection of Gerald Avenue and Daly Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Gerald Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1110 Gerald Avenue, Missoula MT 59801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 140 University Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles C. Brothers Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenhood Residence (about 400 feet away); John R. Toole House (about 400 feet away); 315 Daly (about 400 feet away); Frank A. Roberts Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); 415 Connell Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); 425 Connell (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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