MPA's Restore Montana! program locates and documents endangered buildings, and then stabilizes them from the roofs to the foundations. Since 2000, MPA has directed projects to stabilize and restore 20 heritage properties that were severely deteriorated. In addition, we secured funding for preservation work on another 80 historic properties through our state legislature and private foundations.
In 2014 MPA added Matt Morgan as our Restoration Director to oversee a statewide, multi-year Restore Montana! program.
Matt is concentrating his efforts on historic rural one-room and two-room schoolhouses, historic brick kilns at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, and also on preservation training in Yellowstone National Park. Over time, we will broaden this work to include barns, railroad depots, country churches and other at-risk buildings.
This important long-term initiative will identify and document Montana’s most significant and endangered cultural treasures, assess their condition, and then stabilize and protect them. In doing so, we will also train an ever-widening circle of students, skilled tradespeople and preservationists.