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Reed Residence

McCormick Neighborhood Historic District

Hilda Reed purchased this lot for $600 on January 16, 1907, shortly after she moved to Missoula with her husband Theodore, their daughter, Hulda, and her brother-in-law Andrew. A second daughter, Theodora, arrived shortly thereafter. Both carpenter-contractors, Theodore and Andrew almost certainly worked together to build this meticulously crafted one-and-one-half-story home, where Hilda, Theodore, and family lived until 1945. The Craftsman-style residence features a low-pitched roof with wide flaring eaves and a centered dormer; the front porch is tucked beneath the main roof. The home provided a silent advertisement for the Norwegian-born brothers’ carpentry skills. Its subtle detailing includes leaded glass windows, decorative crown molding, and a wood belt separating the foundation from the tidy, lap wood siding. A lifelong bachelor, Andrew lived in a small home behind the main house until his death in 1942. Sometime after 1958, new owners replaced Andrew’s house and the Reeds’ garage with a small modern home. They were not alone: in the 1950s and 1960s, many homeowners took advantage of their neighborhood’s prime location to add a rental house on a portion of their lot.

Images

Reed Residence
Reed Residence Reed Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing southeast on the corner of South 4th Street West and Hickory Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Reed Residence
Reed Residence Reed Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing southwest on South 4th Street West near the corner of South 4th Street West and Hickory Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

643 South 4th Street West, Missoula, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Reed Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2202.