Born and raised in North Carolina, Joseph Dixon moved to Missoula in 1891, soon becoming a successful lawyer, businessman, and ultimately the governor of Montana. The Joseph Dixon home at 328 E. Pine Street (now the Knights of Columbus Hall) is the most prominent Neoclassical residence in the area and its grounds take up half a block. Its dominating Neoclassical feature is the massive two-story portico with pedimented gable with modillions and dentils, supported by four fluted Corinthian columns and Corninthian capitals. The front door features a molded cornice, ornamental architrave and paneled columns on each side. A Palladian-style window is located on the second floor above the door.
The two-story hip roof residence was built in two stages, the first floor between 1891-1902 (as seen to the right) and the second floor between 1912-1921 (as shown above).