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The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public.

  • 1.  Fwd: Can you help

    Posted 03-24-2024 05:04 PM

    On Sun, Mar 24, 2024, 2:54 PM Barry Sulam <barry.sulam@gmail.com> wrote:
    I forwarded this to retired General Constance Ramirez of the National Preservation Institute. She was Dept of Army Senior preservation advocate.  I suggest J. Buddenburg and Preserve Montana get a letter campaign to Jon Tester. A  letter from the Senator questioning the poor decision to unload part of Missoula military history and Black servicemen in particular could arise interest in the White House.


    On Sun, Mar 24, 2024, 2:46 PM Barry Sulam <barry.sulam@gmail.com> wrote:
    I tried sending this to NPI, please help

    On Sun, Mar 24, 2024, 9:59 AM Barry Sulam <barry.sulam@gmail.com> wrote:
    Please share with C. Ramirez and perhaps the DoD can resume its ownership since the developer is hellbent on destroying military history.

    Preservation Post from Preserve Montana

    MARCH 2024

     Advocacy ALERT:

    Fort Missoula Post Hospital

    Pictured above: Fort Missoula Post Hospital, October 2023.

    Last spring, the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) reviewed and denied two permit applications regarding proposals to demolish the historic garage and construct multiple new buildings on the Post Hospital site at Fort Missoula. The MHPC found the proposals to be inconsistent with the Missoula Zoning Code and incompatible with the historic character of the Fort Missoula National Register Historic District within which the buildings reside.

    The National Register is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation and authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Fort Missoula is a cultural landscape that encompasses an expansive and diverse timeframe of history and architecture significant to Missoula and Montana, spanning the years 1877 to 1944. Beginning with Fort Missoula, established in 1877, the only permanent military post in the state west of the Continental Divide.

    The site evolved over the years to serve many uses associated with important events in our Nation's history. According to the National Register nomination: "Through the years, Fort Missoula has been used as the headquarters for the Black 25th Infantry Regiment, the place from where the potential military applications of the bicycle were explored, a government training school for skilled mechanics to aid in the World War I effort, the largest Civilian Conservation Corps Headquarters in the United States during the 1930's, a detention camp for Italian artists and seaman as well as Japanese-Americans during World War II, and, for a short time following World War II, Fort Missoula became a medium security prison camp for American soldiers."

    The developer appealed the MHPC decision with the Missoula City Council and Preserve Montana provided public comment supporting the MHPC decision. In February of this year, the Missoula City Council upheld the MHPC decision denying the new construction permit and overturned its decision to prohibit demolition of the garage. This was a preservation victory for Missoula.

    In response, news reports indicate that the developers are now offering the Post Hospital building for sale at a nominal fee to a buyer who would move the building to another location. If such a buyer does not arise, the developer will apply for a demolition permit. Preserve Montana finds both these options to be destructive to the historic integrity of Fort Missoula and undesirable. Instead, we believe the developers should take the time to work with the MHPC and Missoula community on a more thoughtful and creative approach to redeveloping the site.

    In addition, there are other public review processes that the developer will need to undergo in order to advance their development proposal, including a rezoning application to allow for residential use on a site that currently does not allow it. Historic preservation review is just one step in a much larger local review process that considers impacts to the Missoula community. It is not the barrier.

    The City of Missoula's zoning regulations support change and evolution of historically designated places like Fort Missoula and the Post Hospital, allowing for new uses like residential that can help meet important local needs like housing. They do so by respecting the historic significance and integrity of a unique site like Fort Missoula, that already houses many examples of building reuse like office space in the historic barrack buildings.

    Preserve Montana encourages you to follow this development and provide your voice, to ensure that any new development at Fort Missoula respects the amazingly diverse history and architecture of this important place and the needs of the Missoula community.

    To keep up to date and get engaged, visit the Engage Missoula website.

    AIA24 HRC luncheon Thursday 6 / 12:00 -2 pm