Filed Under Missoula

Church of the Holy Spirit

University Area Historic District

Bishop Daniel Tuttle conducted Missoula’s first protestant service in 1870. The bishop noted in his journal that in the rough-and-tumble community, formerly called Hellgate, both the devil and the Holy Spirit were at work. When Reverend George Stewart established the parish in 1877, Bishop Tuttle gave a $500 gift from a New York donor to build a chapel. The donor requested Church of the Holy Spirit as its name. It was more than appropriate. A brick church located at Broadway and Adams replaced the tiny chapel in 1884, and a Fort Missoula officer procured a stained glass window to embellish it. By 1915, the congregation had outgrown the small church. Under Reverend H. S. Gatley, Whitehouse and Price of Spokane designed this impressive Gothic style church and parish hall. H. H. Kirkemo designed the rectory, completed in 1933. Renowned stained glass artist Charles Connick of Boston designed the altar window in 1947, memorializing the ten parishioners who died during WWII. The 1884 window, reinstalled in the nave, recalls the long service of this historic neighborhood landmark.

Images

Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of the Holy Spirit Church of the Holy Spirit. Front to side view of the church building, facing north to northwest on the corner of South 6th Street East and Gerald Avenue. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of the Holy Spirit Church of the Holy Spirit. Front to side view of the church building, facing north to northeast on South 6th Street East. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

130 South 6th Street East, Missoula, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Church of the Holy Spirit,” Historic Montana, accessed July 19, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1621.