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Architectural drawings of Gallatin Valley farm buildings on display through Jan. 22 at MSU

January 12, 2010


The Walton dairy barn is one of the drawings included in "Taking Stock," a collection of drawings of historic agricultural buildings in the Gallatin Valley now on display at the MSU School of Architecture's Cheever Hall gallery through Jan. 22. Image courtesy of Maire O'Neill.   High-Res Available

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"Taking Stock," a collection of drawings that are a study of historic agricultural buildings in the Gallatin Valley will be on display at the Montana State University School of Architecture's Cheever Hall through Jan. 22.

The exhibit presents historic buildings on nine early farmsteads in the Gallatin Valley, which are rendered in precise plan, section and elevation drawings. The project was directed by Maire O'Neill, professor in the School of Architecture from 2004-2009, with the help of research assistants Laura Landon, Sara Darlington and Becky Patton. Approximately 80 buildings were recorded for the project involving hundreds of hours of fieldwork and studio work. The drawings are the basis for interpretation of early agricultural building construction in the Gallatin Valley.

"The evolving building practices of livestock producers and farmers settling the intermountain west reflect a wide range of influences over time," O'Neill said. "Prior farming experience, available resources, the development of agricultural practices, an evolving understanding of climatic variability, availability of promotional literature and evolving markets are a few of the major influences on the structure and form of the buildings. However, there are a wide variety of motives for the adoption and adaptation of building forms and construction techniques." The drawings illustrate a cross-section of building forms, uses, and construction types. Included in the exhibit is a brief chronology that highlights four eras of agricultural buildings and the building types and methods associated with them.

A reception will be held in the gallery from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

The exhibit will be on display during business hours through Jan. 22.

Sharon Matney (406) 994-2921, smatney@montana.edu