Preservation in Progress
The 2016 MPA field season is off to a great start with stabilization beginning on the Broadway Apartments and continued masonry stabilization work at several sites in Helena.
Broadway Apartments, Lewistown
Lewistown residents will see major progress this summer on the Broadway Apartment building. Plans are in place and moving forward rapidly with Phase 1 work to patch the hole in the rear wall and mothball the building! Over the last six months, MPA has worked closely with the City and community partners to:
- Collaborate with Beaudette Consulting Engineers to analyze the north wall and re-open the alley for the neighborhood.
- Submit Phase 1 stabilization and weatherization drawings for a building permit.
- Hire contractors (supported by the EPA) to do research and test for hazardous materials.
- Create a Preliminary Architecture Report. The report will determine the full scope of work needed to restore the building, what uses for the building best fit the community, and a historic preservation plan.
- Attend sustainable real estate development training sessions.
Read more history about the Broadway Apartments.
Ethnicity in the Mining City
This summer, with a grant from the National Park Service’s Underrepresented Communities initiative, MPA is working with the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives to document the ethnic diversity of the mining city in its heyday. MPA’s crew is recording sites in German Gulch, where Chinese miners lived and worked, along with researching African American properties within uptown Butte and up by Homestake Pass. And finally, MPA’s team is working with local residents of Brown’s Gulch, to commemorate the rich cultural history of the Swiss-Italians who settled this meandering valley and ran dairies to serve the Butte community.
From the Top: Historic beehive kilns near Helena nearing completion
With help from Master Mason, Walt Morris, the MPA restoration team successfully rebuilt the top two feet of the parapet around Kiln #7, and added a mortar cap to protect the brick wall from future deterioration. The existing mortar, and much of the brick had become fine sand perfect for various vegetation to take root. Restoring the parapet will ensure many more years of stability for this beautiful structure, and brings us much closer to completing work on Kiln #7.
Reeder's Alley TLC
Many thanks to Drew Smith at Patcraft in Bozeman for donating carpet tiles to spruce up our Executive office at MPA! The new flooring is a huge improvement to this work space. There is also much work to be done outside in Reeder's Alley. Work to stabilize deterioration on retaining walls and brick and stone walls happens in mid-July. Many of the buildings in Reeder's Alley were constructed between 1864 and 1875. Although the buildings are well maintained, there's always a section of wall that is in need of some major TLC.