Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Other iconic Missoula buildings for sale

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Today's news of the Wilma Theatre going up for sale creates a huge opportunity for someone with deep pockets and, hopefully, a love of the arts. It also got us thinking about what other local landmarks are currently on the open market. Here are a few that come to mind, but feel free to let us know if we've missed any.

Inside the Top Hat
The Top Hat, $1.5 million
It's been on the market since at least 2009, but back then it was listed for $1.9 million. With the many improvements made in recent years, and the considerable lack of smoke since the state's ban went into effect, it won our readers poll for Best Place to Hear Live Music. Also cool: Its sale has a dedicated URL,

Finnegan's, $1.2 million
The recently closed 24-hour greasy spoon served as a home away from home for many a student, night owl and AARP early bird. Situated over a creek, and within walking distance of campus, we'd love to see the beloved spot reclaimed by someone else willing to serve bottomless cups of coffee and cheesy fries.

The Frenchtown Club, $699,000
Once the favored watering hole for mill workers from Smurfit-Stone, this roadside bar still holds that small town Montana charm. The listing says all gaming machines are included in the sale and touts its dance floor.

The John J. Johnston House, $399,000
This Alder Street house is on the National Registry of Historic Places and was originally built in 1902. Additions made between 1902 and 1912 turned it into a grand two-story Queen Anne-style residence.

The Original DeSmet School House, $225,000
Built in 1895 and also on the National Registry of Historic Places. Not sure what you could do with this, but the vintage kitchen and bath look pretty cool.

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