“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Keim Building

Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District

Keim Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
1. Keim Building Marker
Inscription.  Arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1883 brought sweeping changes, and this elaborate 1891 business block is a grand illustration. The railroad prompted major building booms and made architectural pieces and parts readily accessible. Levi Keim, an early-day farmer and stage stop operator, worked as a Northside policeman when he built this commercial building as an investment. Originally a drug store was at street level and apartments were upstairs. Its varied tenants included the Northwest Steam Laundry in 1909 and A. W. Allen’s grocery in 1913. Keim spared no expense on the project. Romanesque arches with granite sills, a unique central gable above the roof, elegant brickwork, and a pressed metal cornice make the building a stellar example of Victorian-era commercial architecture. The mail-order cornice and plate glass windows arrived via the Northern Pacific. The availability of large commercial windows like these revolutionized advertising, offering merchants better opportunities to display their goods. Economic depression in 1893 ended construction projects and the period of flamboyant commercial architecture passed. The beautifully restored
Keim Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2019
2. Keim Building and Marker
Keim Building is one of Missoula’s few surviving examples.
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
Location. 46° 52.66′ N, 113° 59.657′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on North 1st Street West near Woody Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 North 1st Street West, Missoula MT 59802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lindsay Commission Company Warehouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 426 North First Street West (about 400 feet away); Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District (about 600 feet away); John S. Johnston House (about 800 feet away); Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mrs. Lydia McCaffery's Furnished Rooms (approx. 0.2 miles away); McIntosh House (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 15, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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