Preservation Progress

Throughout the winter months MPA is busy writing grants and planning for next summer’s projects. We are so grateful to the many funders who make our work possible. 

Burton  K. Wheeler Camp, Glacier National Park
We are delighted to partner with Glacier National Park to lead a summer preservation field school with the Western Center for Historic Preservation’s Vanishing Treasures program. Students and tradespeople will learn masonry, roof, and log repairs while stabilizing the rustic Burton K. Wheeler camp at the head of magestic Lake McDonald. Many thanks to the Glacier National Park Conservancy for their grant support.

Broadway Apartments, Lewistown
MPA is excited to start a new phase on Lewistown’s Broadway building. With grant funding from the MT Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant program and the Big Sky Trust Fund, Mosaic Architecture of Helena and Prairie Wind Architecture of Lewistown were selected to create a “Preliminary Architectural Report”(PAR) for the Broadway. The PAR will include a condition assessment, possible new uses for the building, plans for rehabilitation, and cost estimates. The PAR process will coincide with an economic analysis conducted by CTA Architects and Engineers, Red Lodge and Vancouver, BC to help identify community needs and ensure the local economy can support proposed new uses for the building. A series of community presentations and listening sessions will kick off March 6 in Lewistown.   

Placer School, Winston
A $7,200 grant from the Historic Preservation Education Foundation will boost our efforts to restore the Placer School near Winston. The Placer will soon enjoy a new roof, and thanks to master carpenter Kirby Matthew, shop teacher Clint Watson, and students from the Townsend High School, the wood windows and doors will soon be restored.  


Montana's Historic One-Room Schoolhouses
Thanks to grants from Humanities Montana and the Montana Cultural Trust, MPA will continue our work to document and promote preservation of Montana’s one-room schoolhouses. The grants will allow us to continue the schoolhouse survey, hire an intern to help with research, and create a public presentation on our work in Beaverhead County.