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John R. Toole House

(Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House)

 
 
John R. Toole House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
1. John R. Toole House Marker
Inscription.  Full-length Doric columns make a bold architectural statement, drawing the eye to this imposing neoclassical style home. Butte architect J. F. Everett drew upon the style popularized following the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. The 1902 residence, built for industrialist John R. Toole, retains its original symmetry and classical ornamentation despite three additions. Fanlights above the main entry, a three-part “Palladian” window, and a covered colonnaded terrace recall the time when this was the gracious home of a prominent family. John Toole served in the territorial and state legislatures and was later president of copper king Marcus Daly’s bank and his Missoula-based milling company. But home was the center of Toole’s affections and a grand one it was. Twelve- foot ceilings, pocket doors, oak columns, and seven fireplaces of imported tile support the notion, according to Toole’s biography, that “there was not a more attractive fireside in Montana.” In 1931 Toole’s widow, Anna, sold the home to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. A number of the Tooles’ descendants are among the Kappas who have subsequently
John R. Toole House (Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2019
2. John R. Toole House (Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House) and Marker
The marker is next to the bush on the right.
called this house their college home.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 46° 51.701′ N, 113° 59.771′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on Gerald Avenue near Connell Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1005 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. John M. Keith House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 140 University Avenue (about 500 feet away); Greenhood Residence (about 700 feet away); 315 Daly (about 700 feet away); Charles C. Brothers Residence (about 700 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 8, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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