Filed Under Missoula

Alumni Center

The University of Montana Historic District

Architects designing campus buildings between 1935 and 1939 were faced with a dilemma. Should they choose the Renaissance Revival style of most previous campus buildings or should they opt for the modern designs prevailing throughout the nation? In a compromise, three of the five buildings constructed during this phase allude to the previous style, but the Student Union and the Alumni Center proudly illustrate the modern Art Deco architectural movement. Very simple in design, the building features a flat roof, windows framed in terra cotta, and a stepped parapet. Completed in 1937, the Women’s Club and Art Museum later occupied the Alumni Center. The building now houses Continuing Education.

Images

Alumni Center Alumni Center. Front to side view of the building, facing east to northeast on the University of Montana campus grounds near the Payne Family Native American Center (to the north). Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Alumni Center Alumni Center. Front to side view of the building, facing southeast on the University of Montana campus with the Skaggs Building in the background beyond the Woman's Art Club Building. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

32 Campus Drive, Missoula, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Alumni Center,” Historic Montana, accessed February 8, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/959.