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Forestry Building

The University of Montana Historic District

Completion of this facility in 1922 provided the School of Forestry a permanent home. In the Renaissance Revival style specified by Carsley-Gilbert’s master plan, Missoula architect Ole Bakke designed a distinctive building that vividly proclaims its discipline. Simple lines enhance the beautiful green pine and ax emblem repeated in terra cotta thirty-seven times around the building. Murals within depicting the history of forestry in Montana by Helena artist Irvin “Shorty” Shope further individualize this unique facility. The building’s only significant alteration is a greenhouse added in 1951, named in memory of six students who perished fighting the 1949 Mann Gulch fire.


Forestry Building University of Montana Forestry Building. Front/side view of building, facing northeast. A skidder with logging wheels sits in the grass beside the building. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: 1938


32 Campus Drive, Missoula, Montana | Public


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Forestry Building,” Historic Montana, accessed December 11, 2023,