Filed Under Missoula

425 Connell Avenue

University Area Historic District

Insurance agent George F. Gould and his wife, Susie, purchased this lot from the South Missoula Land Company in 1913. The deed stipulated that a dwelling worth at least $3,000 be constructed on the premises within fifteen years. The Goulds, however, settled in Bozeman and sold the lot in 1921 to Will H. Clark, assistant cashier of the Western Montana National Bank. Clark promptly built this residence in accordance with the building clause. Subsequent owners were Clara and Eldon Myrick, Lolo National Forest supervisor, and later Bernice and Henry Viche, regional air officer with the U.S. Forest Service. A classic Craftsman bungalow, design elements include tapered columns, wide eaves, exposed rafter ends, and charming three-over-one “Chicago style” windows. The Craftsman style promoted family living through quality, affordable housing, and economy of space, beautifully expressed in this home’s interior. Built-in bookcases and a storage bench of rich finished oak flank a brick fireplace in the living room. Built-in chests divide the living and dining rooms, and a built-in dining room bench provides extra seating. Original light fixtures and crown molding add to the 1920s ambiance.

Images

425 Connell Avenue
425 Connell Avenue 425 Connell Avenue. Front view of the house, facing south on Connell Avenue. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

425 Connell Avenue, Missoula, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “425 Connell Avenue,” Historic Montana, accessed April 14, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1608.