A crew spent Monday installing a new roof at a historic ice house in the Green Bench Gardens area of Missoula. The ice house may have been built in 1922 by the Pomajevich family.
Monday’s crew included volunteers from Ehli Construction, and past volunteers, starting in 2011, have included photographers, historic architects and retired history teachers.
Icehouses were built in Montana to store large blocks of ice, to help keep fish and produce cool. Crews have found numerous historic artifacts in the Green Bench structure, including an old dress, a historic magazine and tools.
The nonprofit “Threads of Montana History” helped organize the volunteers. The Project Director, Kris Platz-Crawford, says preserving the icehouse is an important part of keeping the neighborhood’s heritage intact.