Floyd and Kathleen Hardenburgh hired prominent Missoula architect H. E. Kirkemo to design this two-story residence in 1935. Best known for his commercial buildings, Kirkemo also created plans for many University District homes. For the Hardenburgh family, he envisioned a modern version of a Tudor style Cotswold cottage. Less elaborate than Tudor style homes built a decade earlier, the residence still features many elements of the style: an irregular roofline, multi-paned windows, small dormers, and upper rooms with sloping walls. The Tudor style’s characteristic asymmetry allowed for two primary facades, maximizing the benefits of the corner lot. An elaborate, two-bay garage features distinctive Tudor style half-timbering to complement the primary residence. The home’s interior reflected a more modern sensibility than its exterior. Instead of traditional Tudor style elements, it boasts Art Deco and Craftsman style details. It also features a divided basement with one of the earliest recreation, or rec, rooms in Missoula. Kirkemo was known for client-pleasing designs, and the Hardenburghs’ long residency suggests this was no exception. Floyd lived here until his death 1966; Kathleen stayed on until 1976.
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