The University District
One of Missoula’s most pleasant neighborhoods, the university district contains some interesting architectural specimens. Some of the old homes have been turned into fraternity or sorority houses, but others remain private homes. None are open to the public, but a stroll or drive through the area is a pleasant way to learn that Missoula took its early-20th-century affluence seriously.
The grandest homes face Gerald Avenue, parallel and one block east of South Higgins. See especially the neoclassical mansion at 1005 Gerald (built 1902–1903), once the home of John R. Toole, a prominent early Montana politician and industrialist, and the university president’s house at 1325 Gerald, built around 1930.
South of the university, Missoula’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial is in a rose garden at Brooks and Franklin.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition