Preservation Awards

Every two years, the Montana Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) hosts the Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony. This year, Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney joined Montana Historical Society Director Bruce Whittenberg and SHPO staff to recognize persons and/or projects that contributed to the preservation of Montana’s historic resources in a significant way.

Certificates of registration were given to Montana properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places within the past two years. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s cultural resources worthy of preservation.

2019 Historic Preservation Awards

2019 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

Dr. Maire O’Neill Conrad, Outstanding Service to Historic Preservation – John N. DeHaas Memorial AwardRandy Hafer
Through her efforts in articulating the importance of architectural history to the growth and evolution of Montana, Prof. Maire O’Neill Conrad has touched and impacted innumerable people throughout her career at Montana State University in Bozeman. The sheer volume of her work and especially her efforts to map vernacular architecture’s role in the evolution of Montana, instilled, and continues to instill in her students a sense of responsibility to care for the past and appreciate its significance into the future.

Randy Hafer, Outstanding Contributions to Historic PreservationRandy Hafer
Since founding High Plains Architects in Billings in 1999, Randy Hafer has been a regional leader in historic preservation and urban revitalization. An outspoken proponent and dedicated educator of historic preservation, his work includes eight historic tax credit projects and over 60 feasibility studies. Through his efforts, numerous historic buildings across the state, and especially in Billings, have survived the wrecking ball, regaining their former glory to host a variety of new businesses.

Kristi Hager, Outstanding Achievement in Historic PreservationKristi Hager
For over 20 years Kristi Hager has documented innumerable buildings and structures through her Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) photography using a large format 4 x 5 view camera. Over 500 of her photographs are archived at the Library of Congress. Her dedication to her profession and her contribution to historic preservation has resulted in a unique record of Montana historic properties that no longer exist.

McGraw Building in Fort Benton, Outstanding Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Project, Bob Milford – Montana Governor’s AwardMcGraw Building, Fort Benton
Constructed in 1912 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Bob Milford purchased the McGraw Building in Fort Benton in 2015. Realizing the historic building’s original storefront lay hidden beneath a nonhistoric brick facade, he removed the non-sensitive renovation and took the necessary steps to reveal the original storefront and beautiful terracotta arch not seen for decades. Mainstreet Fort Benton is a better place for this effort and other historic rehabilitation projects undertaken by Mr. Milford.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mountain – Prairie Region, Outstanding Historic Preservation StewardshipFish Wildlife Service Residence Project
This award recognizes the excellent preservation work of USFWS, Mountain-Prairie Region demonstrated by such recent projects as the Jackson Ranch historic window workshop (Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge) and the re-siding of the historic Bozeman Fish Technology Center residence, as well as their record of productive consultation on projects across the state. The USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region heritage program exemplifies best practices in Montana agency heritage stewardship.

 

2019 Historic Preservation Award Ceremony Photos

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Properties listed during the past biennium

COUNTY PROPERTY OWNER DATE OF LISTING
BROADWATER STONE HILL SPRINGS PREHISTORIC DISTRICT ROBERT HASEMAN, DAN AND JUNE WILLIAMS, DNRC 9/5/2017
CARTER MEDICINE ROCKS STATE PARK MONTANA STATE PARKS 1/17/2017
FERGUS GAMBLE-ROBINSON CO. WAREHOUSE CITY OF LEWISTOWN 4/17/2017
FERGUS FERGUS CO. FAIRGROUNDS HORSE BARN FERGUS COUNTY 12/14/2017
FERGUS LEWISTOWN SATELLITE AIRFIELD HD BLM, JAMES DEGNER, FORD CREEK HUTTERIAN BRETHREN, INC. 6/1/2018
FLATHEAD DESMET SCOTT AND BARBARA BURCH 12/14/2017
GALLATIN FEDERAL BUILDING AND US POST OFFICE GSA  
GLACIER LITTLE CHIEF SCOTT AND BARBARA BURCH 12/14/2017
GLACIER MORNING EAGLE (BIG CHIEF) SCOTT AND BARBARA BURCH 7/23/2018
GRANITE MOOSE LAKE CAMP HISTORIC DISTRICT JANE AND THOMAS VAN DYK, NATHAN VAN DYK, FREDERIC VAN DYK 12/26/2017
HILL FORT ASSINNIBOINE (BOUNDARY INCREASE AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION) MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY 4/2/2018
JEFFERSON GRANT-MARSHALL LIME KILN CITY OF HELENA 12/14/2017
JEFFERSON LEWIS AND CLARK CAVERNS HISTORIC DISTRICT MONTANA STATE PARKS 5/29/2018
JEFFERSON JEFFFERSON CANYON HIGHWAY HISTORIC DISTRICT MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 7/23/2018
LEWIS AND CLARK DORSEY GROCERY AND RESIDENCE ROBERT CLARKSON 4/24/2017
LEWIS AND CLARK CRUMP-HOWARD HOUSE KEN AND ROXANN LINCOLN 4/24/2017
LEWIS AND CLARK AERONAUTICS OPERATION BUILDING MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 7/31/2017
LEWIS AND CLARK GEHRING RANCH BILL GEHRING 8/28/2017
LEWIS AND CLARK WESTERN CLAY MANUFACTURING COMPANY (ARCHIE BRAY) ARCHIE BRAY FOUNDATION, DAVE ARMSTRONG FAMILY TRUST 12/1/2017
MISSOULA DOUBLE ARROW LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, LOLO NF 1/25/2018
MISSOULA WEST FORK BUTTE LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, LOLO NF 1/25/2018
MISSOULA MINERAL PEAK LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, LOLO NF 1/29/2018
PARK LIVINGSTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL MONTANA HOMEOWNERSHIP NETWORK, INC. 4/16/2018
PHILLIPS LOOKOUT CAVE BLM 10/22/2018
RAVALLI BOULDER POINT LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, BITTERROOT NF 1/25/2018
RAVALLI MEDICINE POINT LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, BITTERROOT NF 4/6/2018
RAVALLI RAVALLI GIRD POINT LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, BITTERROOT NF 4/6/2018
SANDERS COUGAR PEAK LOOKOUT US FOREST SERVICE, LOLO NF 8/6/2018
SILVER BOW STILLWATER CHARLES AND GLADYS PELTON HOUSE THE BENCH RANCH 4/24/2017
YELLOWSTONE HUNTLEY PROJECT OFFICE BOR 6/5/2017
MPD MT-ID_L-4 Fire Lookouts-USFS Northern Region(Region1),1932-1967,MPD US FOREST SERVICE 1/25/2018
MPD Helena African American MPD   4/24/2017