Filed Under Missoula

Student Union

The University of Montana Historic District

Missoula architect C. J. Forbis ushered in a new campus building phase in 1935 with the construction of this student union. The building’s placement and modern Art Deco façade broke ranks with the Renaissance Revival style called for in the old Carsley-Gilbert campus master plan. The old plan had contained no such facility, and the new building was sited contrary to the previous symmetrical campus arrangement. Partially funded by Public Works Administration funds so important to the university during the Depression, in concept and form the building provided an architectural statement of renewed vigor and growth. It now serves as the Fine Arts Building.

Images

Student Union Building
Student Union Building Student Union. Front/side view of the building. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: 1948
Student Union
Student Union Student Union Building in winter. Now the Fine Arts Building. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: 1940
Student Union
Student Union Student Union. Front/side view of the building, facing northeast. Image is on a post card. This building now serves as the Fine Arts Building on campus. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: ca. 1945

Location

32 Campus Drive, Missoula, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Student Union,” Historic Montana, accessed April 23, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1599.