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Olive McLeod House

University Area Historic District

Olive McLeod, granddaughter of Missoula Mercantile founder Charles H. McLeod and Clara Beckwith, fell in love with this 1940 Neocolonial style home. Nine years later, she purchased the house from Luther Powell for whom it was built. A high-spirited woman with a degree in business administration from The University of Montana, Olive was active in the As You Like It Club, served on the UM local executive board, and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married Thomas Mulroney, an attorney, in 1939 and had three daughters, Mary, Helen, and Nancy. After Thomas’ death, Olive married photographer Robert Haugen and lived here until 1992. The modest exterior belies an elegant interior designed for entertaining, featuring a foyer, a formal dining area, and servants’ quarters. Finished moldings, pocket doors, built-in bookshelves, hardwood floors, and crystal chandeliers accentuate the teal and ivory interior. Bay windows, decorative curved windows above the doors, and an attached garage highlight the exterior. Since 1993 its present owners have lovingly restored the home.


Olive McLeod House
Olive McLeod House Olive McLeod House. Front view of the house, facing south to southeast on McLeod Avenue near the corner of McLeod and Arthur Avenue. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020


541 McLeod Avenue, Missoula, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Olive McLeod House,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024,