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MT Mountain Ranch

New bones with an old soul
For a remote working ranch on the edge of Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness, a contemporary structure travels back in time to echo land, antiquity, and unique artisanal craft.
Interior Design: Pearson Design Group
General Contractor: On Site Management

The Vision: A consortium of rugged buildings with modern amenities

Determined to respect the environment and honor a century-long history as a ranch, hunting grounds, and bison habitat, our clients explained, “We wanted it to look as though it had been there 100 years, but with a little touch of Gstaad, with fur blankets and modern furniture.”

The Design and Build: Stewarding heritage habitat and rare craftsmanship

Pearson Design Group and contractor On Site Management partnered shoulder to shoulder with the owners to locate buildings and fencing to minimize disruption of wildlife—including bison and grizzlies. Collaborating with the Pearson Interiors Group, the owners, and artisans the client engaged from all over the country, the design-build team orchestrated a dream cohort of innate talent in infusing brand-new exteriors and interiors with the warmth and craggy charm of a bygone era.

Today: Both a roughhewn American ranch and an upscale European retreat

Rugged as the foothills behind them, the twelve structures of Montana Mountain Ranch might have risen from the ground back when woodstoves and pack-mules were state of the art. Lodgepole pine porches and rafters, reclaimed plank exterior siding, and a metal roof deliberately weather the exterior of the main house, while inside, reclaimed timbers and flooring, stone walls, and distinctive fireplaces radiate a rough-hewn patina. Thanks to the talents of our master artisans, the material palette of the American ranch is first reflected in hand-crafted fixtures repurposed from wagon wheels, ore cart track, and barbed wire, then softened by the comfort of European antiques, leather, and art.

With several restored antique outbuildings, a landmark classic barn, and a getaway cabin for guests and family, the compound is the epitome of what it was meant to be—a historic ranch: reinvented.

“I think of some projects as having soul right when they are born. This one did, and that was the gift we gave the land and our client.”

-Justin Tollefson