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2018 Award Winners



Adaptive Reuse, Multifamily


The Willson Residences

Multifamily Community of the Year
Best in Region—Mountain

Bozeman, Mont.

Architect/Designer | CommaQ Architecture

Builder | Bridger Builders

Developer | Bridger Builders

Interior Designer | Bridger Builders

Photographer | Whitney Kamman Architectural Photography

The Willson Residences are an outstanding example of adaptive reuse, converting the original Gallatin County High School building into 16 luxury condominiums. Abandoned for 10 years, this stately brick building was in danger of being demolished due to the building’s dangerous degree of decay. Adding to the challenge would be the necessity to radically restructure the building to meet current seismic standards for this active region.

Recognizing the urgency of preserving and enhancing this landmark, a team of professionals began the task of selective demolition, structural strengthening, and mitigation of hazardous materials. This revealed striking architectural details that had been hidden for years.

Each unit within the Willson Residences is unique and is designed to highlight the character of these historic details while capturing the essence of contemporary urban loft living in downtown Bozeman, complete with underground parking. Modern design features include expansive windows, private balconies, alcohol-burning fireplaces, high-end kitchen appliances and cabinetry.

From the Judges
This impressive renovation is so well-executed, from the lovely symmetry to the juxtaposition of the frieze and hanging orbs. Judges loved how the bays were added, noting that this is a great way to create a residential character while respecting the original structure. The detailing is wonderful, and modern finishes have been well-integrated.

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