Carson Residence, Townsend MT

The project is located on the Missouri River overlooking the town of Townsend, equidistant from the state capitol of Helena and the river headwaters at Three Forks. The adjoining property contains the "Crimson Bluffs"—distinctive red-colored cliffs whose historic significance derives from their description in the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The owner—a California resident, Montana native and avid outdoorsman—wanted an economical retreat for himself and frequent guests. The house is conceived as a reinterpretation of a traditional hunting lodge.

The floor plan—organized around a large central room containing living, dining and kitchen areas—is oriented toward the panoramic view to the east. This room is flanked by bedrooms at both ends, each with a private porch. An expansive deck for socializing extends the entire length of the house. The service spaces—mudroom, bathrooms and closets—are arranged along the opposite entry side. The basement contains mechanical equipment and a wine cellar.