East Pine Street Historic District

Missoula’s evolution from trading post to railroad center, university town, and federal government hub is revealed in this distinctive downtown residential neighborhood. Francis L. Worden, among Missoula’s most influential early merchants and leaders, built his home here in 1874-1875. Political leader Joseph Dixon built his home in 1891, modifying it through 1921 as he served in the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and as Montana’s governor in 1920. Other early business and civic leaders built large homes at the west end of the district as the arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1883 spurred Missoula’s growth. With the University’s development in the late 1890s and construction of original portions of the Federal Building in 1911, the district attracted construction of apartments and smaller residences. The district’s architecture reflects sixty years of evolution featuring Queen Anne styling with turrets, asymmetrical features, decorative shingles, and the more symmetrical Neo-classical style. East Pine Street, with its boulevard and unique centered medians, is the product of Francis Worden’s imported maple trees and Joseph Dixon’s 1915 petition to the city for creation of a formal boulevard. This landscaped corridor pulls together a slice of Missoula’s early development.

Joseph Dixon Residence

Missoula architect A. J. Gibson designed this grand Neo-classical style landmark for progressive politician Joseph Dixon. Dixon married Caroline Worden, daughter of Missoula founder Frank Worden, in 1896 and the couple made their home here. Dixon…

Draper Residence

Neoclassical influences complement the Queen Anne style in this striking transitional home built between 1905 and 1907. A polygonal two-story bay, hipped roof with intersecting gables, and wraparound porch lend visual asymmetry characteristic of the…

Moratz House

The Moratz House is an outstanding example of the Queen Anne influence that seems to dominate in the East Pine Street Historic District. Constructed in 1891, the residence displays features and detailing that typify the Queen Anne style as it was…

Steiger Apartments

Classical details add character and prestige to this brick apartment building constructed by Joseph Steiger in 1903. First-story windows with gentle arches soften the strict classical symmetry while eaves trimmed in dentils and a grand entry porch…

A.P. Tietjen Residence

Construction of this exemplary Queen Anne style residence began in 1891 but was not completed until its purchase by Missoula cigar maker A. P. Tietjen in 1902. Its fine design and workmanship reflect East Pine Street’s major period of development…

Francis L. Worden Residence

A steeply pitched roof and a Gothic-arched attic window embellish this Folk Gothic style farmhouse, built by Francis L. Worden in 1874. Worden left New York in 1852 for adventure in California, traveled to Panama, clerked for Washington’s Territorial…