Palace Hotel

147 W. Broadway, Missoula, Montana


By Dsetay - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,




"Missoula’s first commercial district developed southwest of the Northern Pacific Railroad depot in the 1880s and 1890s. But as the town blossomed, a new central business district began to take shape. The Palace Hotel, constructed at what was then the corner of West Cedar and Stevens (now Broadway and Ryman), became a cornerstone of this new key district. First opened in 1909 as the Savoy Hotel, it is one of the few remaining symbols of the prosperous period between 1900 and 1910, when the expansion of railroad service through Missoula enhanced the growth of lumber and manufacturing industries. Located on the main east-west highway route through Missoula, the hotel was in an excellent location for the growing popularity of auto travel, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s. The original 1909 structure and a 1941 annex form Missoula’s largest single hotel. The earlier five-story portion reflects the vernacular commercial style with Egyptian influence. Open vertical shafts from the roof top to the first floor provided natural lighting for the windowless interior. The six-story annex displays a late art deco character, but the older Egyptian elements blend with the new to produce an impressive and pleasing composite. As time passed, the hotel’s upper floors became an empty, decaying shell. A 1995 rehabilitation project combining the owner’s private investment with federal tax credits for historic preservation and downtown redevelopment funds created 60 upper-floor housing units. The Palace, 1996 recipient of both local and state historic preservation awards, beautifully illustrates how preservation can rejuvenate a city center." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 25, 1982
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1909; 1941


20th Century (29,076)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1909 (940)
Built during 1900s (9,434)
Hotel (2,681)
Missoula County, Montana (116)
Missoula, Montana (64)
Modern Movement (2,571)
Montana (2,200)
Private owner (54,398)
S. R. Witwer (1)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • July 18, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information