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Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments

Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District

The two buildings along Wolf Avenue that are joined today as apartments have separate histories. The older building fronting Second Avenue was listed in the 1890 city directory as a taxidermy shop and residence. By 1893, the wood frame structure (now stuccoed) stretched along most of this block of Wolf Avenue. In 1903, state taxidermist Moses L. Gulden lived and conducted business in the building. Gulden eventually moved his shop but continued to live on site until 1911. Attorney Floyd J. Logan bought the property and removed a section of the former taxidermy shop to construct the four-flat apartment building of precast concrete. Architecturally unique to Missoula, the newer building features faceted blocks that mimic granite, ornamental columns, and a front door with oval glass. The gabled roof and porch details of the older dwelling, products of an earlier era, add to the uniqueness of the complex. Railroad conductor F. H. Warwick purchased the two buildings in 1925, residing in the house and managing the apartments for more than five decades.

Images

Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (PAc 91-51 Northside Missoula R0134 F08). Front to side view of the building at 823 Wolf Avenue, facing north on Wolf Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Allan Matthews Date: Mar. 1994
Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (PAc 91-51 Northside Missoula R0134 F13). Front to side view of the building at 825 Wolf Avenue, facing west to southwest on Wolf Avenue near the intersection of Wolf and North 2nd Street West. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Allan Matthews Date: Mar. 1994
Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments (PAc 91-51 Northside Missoula R0134 F14). Front to side view of the building at 825 Wolf Avenue, facing east on Wolf Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Allan Matthews Date: Mar. 1994

Location

823 & 825 Wolf Avenue, Missoula, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Taxidermist Shop and Warwick Apartments,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/957.