Vintage Elevator Still Operating in Missoula
Have you ever visited the Masonic building in Missoula? You may have, and not even know it. It’s located at 126 East Broadway and is also referred to as the Masonic Temple building or the Masonic Lodge.
The building was built in 1909 and has since become office space in downtown Missoula. But here’s the fun part, the vintage birdcage elevator is still in working condition and is used by visitors on a daily basis.
Here, a visitor gives you a quick tour of this classic elevator.
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Here’s the history of this classic Missoula building, according to Wikipedia:
The property was originally owned by Hugh Forbis, president of the Forbis-Toole Company (an investment company that handled farm loans, mortgages, and irrigation bonds. The company had offices in the building). Ownership stayed in the Forbis family until the Masonic Temple Association purchased the property in 1954.
Since construction, the building has been home to Masonic activities of all kinds including all three of Missoula’s Masonic Lodges: Missoula Lodge #13, Harmony Lodge #49, and Sentinel Lodge #155 A.F&A.M. Also The Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star, Job’s Daughters, DeMolay, Daughter’s of the Nile, and Shrine meet at the Temple at various times each month. The Masonic Lodge has a impressive meeting room on the third floor as well as a dining room/ kitchen and billiard hall.
Other tenants of the building have included commercial businesses, a Church, barber shop, tea company, a few restaurants, offices, and even a business college. Montana Power Company occupied the building for several decades beginning in the 1920s.
The building was designed by Link and Haire, Montana’s most prolific early twentieth century architectural firm.