Constructed in 1938, Zip Auto reflects the period’s popular Art Moderne Style. The historic building showcases the style’s signature qualities, including a flat roof, smooth finish, and horizontal emphasis. A restoration effort renewed the structure’s historic character, preserving its entrance and storefront, fenestration, color scheme, and ornamentation. Unlike most historic buildings in Missoula’s downtown district, the structure was restored to resume its original function. As an auto repair shop, Zip Auto restores a variety of vintage cars, relating the building’s historic nature to its operational purpose. The project gracefully transitioned the building from past to present, and was recognized by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission with a 2008 preservation award.