“Today the collection of buildings is architecturally significant for its fine design as well as historically important for its WPA construction using entirely local materials and labor.”
This was a great tour, with Candace Miller of CTM Architects in Livingston,Montana.
From its Listing on the National Register of Historic Places:
Early Twin Bridges offered few public gathering places and so these fifty acres, once part of the Lott and Seidensticker homesteads, were developed as “The Park” in 1887. A “harvest home barbecue” was held that year and two years later the event had blossomed into the first annual county fair. In 1928 a depressed economy curtailed the event and in 1930 Madison County purchased the fair grounds property. The economy worsened during the Great Depression until 1934 when more than half Madison County’s work force was unemployed. In 1935, the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) approved funding assistance for the rebuilding of the unused fair grounds. Construction began in 1936 directed by Tosten Stenberg, well-known for his log structures in Yellowstone Park.
Lodgepole pine, douglas fir and newly added steel cross-bracing so the barns can last another 100 years. This is why we tour famous barns: to build barns with as much character and integrity as the people who will own them.
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