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Zip Auto

Zip Auto exterior after its historic rehabilitation

Missoula, Montana

When the Zip Auto building was constructed in 1939, it was considered to have cutting edge design. Today, the building’s combination of Streamline and Art Deco is remembered as classic and iconic American style. An $870,000 rehabilitation project received a Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit and preserved this local landmark and its original “retro” style. The project restored the shop’s classic appearance by painstakingly crafting new garage doors to match the damaged historic doors, repainting several faded advertisements from the 1930s, and cleaning and repainting the structure. The restoration also kept the business alive by bringing the building up to current safety codes and purchasing new equipment.

Photo: Zip Auto exterior after its historic rehabilitation
– NPS file

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