A HIGH CAMP RETREAT IN MONTANA RECREATES THE ADVENTURE
AND ROMANCE OF THE WEST’S HISTORIC LODGES.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY KARL NEUMANN
How did a husband and wife team from Minneapolis create this high mountain lodge, whose soul is surely reincarnated from the spirit of the West’s Great Lodges of old? Though a brilliant architect and talented builder are a given, the energy and aesthetics of this impressive residence were generated from the passion and style of the homeowners themselves. The wife, who smartly put together all the interiors has “shopped for years stockpiling all the items that are found in our home,” according to her husband, whose formative years intersected with the height of the western genre in film and television. The number of young boys who dream of becoming a cowboy and living in a western “fort” are limitless; the number who actually forge that romantic notion into a reality, not so many. And so the delicious flavor of a dream achieved imbues this home with a satisfying and comfortable ambiance, perhaps inspiring others to grab a hold of their own imagined destinies and pull them into the here and now…
Rugged doesn’t even begin to do justice to the indigenous North American elements incorporated into the structure, from the personality-rich wood of the floors to the remarkable staircase, fashioned of chunky, rough-hewn boulders and gnarled branches, and anchored by a single, sensuous tree stump. When a house is this rustic, the addition of reflective or glittering elements and soft textures counterbalances the testosterone factor. Here, a reflective ceiling in the dining room is both historically evocative and visually welcome. Plush rugs, silky cowhides and floral arrangements gently subdue the treasured roughness, as a kind cowboy would a wild horse.
TETON HERITAGE BUILDERS