Restore Montana

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

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

In October 2015, 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.

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.

Since then we've made great strides to rescue and restore the historic brick kilns at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena; the Broadway Apartments in Lewistown; the Placer Schoolhouse in Broadwater County; the Powell Barn near Cardwell; and treasured landmarks in both Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. 

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.