residential adaptive reuse

The Willson Residences

The adaptive reuse of the original Gallatin County High School building, in partnership with Bridger Builders, created an artful blend of classic and contemporary design elements. This impressive brick building, originally constructed in 1902, served Bozeman students and educators for 97 years and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In its heyday, the building was surrounded by other grand structures that together created Bozeman’s core along the town’s growing Main Street. Our residential adaptive reuse design for each of the 16 units uniquely highlights the historic character while capturing the essence of contemporary urban loft living.

Previously on the brink of demolition because of decay, the structure was instead seismically strengthened to current codes. Selective demolition revealed striking architectural details that had been hidden for years. Friezes that were original to the building — but had been removed and lost for decades — were rediscovered, restored, and artistically displayed in the south entry of the building. The brick façade was also restored. Other modern design features include expansive windows, private balconies, alcohol-burning fireplaces, and high-end finishes, along with underground parking.

Project Contact

Bozeman architect
Ben Lloyd AIA


Excellence in Design Honorable Mention, AIA Montana, 2019
Award for Excellence in Innovative Transformation, Bozeman Beautification Advisory Board, 2016