Restore Montana

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 a full-time Restoration Director to oversee this statewide, multi-year Restore Montana! program.

Projects

Since 2014 we've made great strides to rescue and restore beloved historic buildings across the state. Here’s a short list of recent projects. Follow the links to learn more.

Lost Trail Wildlife Refuge Jackson Ranch - led wood window restoration training with students and professionals from around the country.

7th Avenue Gym, Helena - feasibility study

Deer Lodge Hotel, Deer Lodge - feasibility study

Powell Barn near Cardwell - worked with Powell family and 60 volunteers to rehabilitate 100 year old barn for the next generation

Broadway Apartments, Lewistown - rescued from demolition, stabilized for new development

Historic brick kilns at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena - cleaned, repaired masonry, stabilized roofs

Placer Schoolhouse in Broadwater County - repaired masonry, reconstructed windows with Townsend High School shop class

Landmarks in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. 

A feasibility study for the 7th Avenue gym in Helena will help chart a course for reuse of the building, which is owned by the Helena School District.

 MPA began working with UPenn students in 2012 to stabilize historic brick manufacturing kilns in Helena.

MPA began working with UPenn students in 2012 to stabilize historic brick manufacturing kilns in Helena.

In October 2014, MPA and Xanterra Parks & Resorts partnered to offer a Rustic Architecture Preservation Training Conference at Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. See the Conference Gallery on Facebook.