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Levasseur Street Townhomes

Levasseur Street Townhomes

Missoula, Montana


The Levasseur Street Townhomes and forthcoming Levasseur Street Apartments bring dense urban downtown living to one of Missoula’s best neighborhoods. The site has unobstructed views to the Clark Fork River, Bess Reed Park and Lolo Peak, and is just a short walk to the weekly summer farmer’s market.


Each three-bedroom, three-bath 1,800 square foot townhome was oriented to take advantage of the views and light to the south. The ground level contains a one car garage and a spare bedroom. Up a generous stair, the open plan second floor houses the main living functions: kitchen, dining, and living room parlor. Two more bedrooms are located on the third floor, including the master bedroom and bath. This configuration allows for large windows as well as privacy from the street. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a connection to the outdoors and plenty of natural daylight. The minimalist, contemporary aesthetic is warmed by natural wood accents at the entrances and porches.


With this project we took a blighted site and developed an area of ownership with the townhomes, while also setting aside enough room to build future apartments to the north. The end product is designed to increase the residential density of the site five-fold and serve a mix of income levels.


Program Requirements:

(5) 1,800 square foot connected townhomes

Each townhome includes:

– 3 bedrooms

– 3 bathrooms

– dining room

– living room

– covered entry porch

– covered deck

– one car garage


Sustainability Goals:

– better than code insulation

– open floorplans, large windows and skylights to bring light throughout units deep into shotgun layout

– durable materials

– dense urban infill close to parks, trails, shopping, and public transportation

– low water landscaping

– stacked plumbing to maximize efficiency and minimize materials

– increase unit density possible on site


Design Solutions:

– street side decks and living spaces on the second floor allowed for large window sizes while maintaining privacy

– staggered, repetitive floorplans reduced construction cost and differentiate the units from the street

– simple, open floorplans focus views to river and mountains beyond

– double stud party walls are 2-hour fire rated and provide a high STC rating

– stacked stair to maximize space