Montana State University architecture students helped survey Bozeman’s historic district and Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District, inputting and updating the city’s historic homes in the area. Students looked at over 500 homes and structures nearby campus and then logged their findings to help Bozeman determine what changes, if any, they will make to Bozeman’s historic district regulations.
Currently, the historic district and the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District both require residents to file for certificates of appropriateness when renovating their home, particularly its exterior. Rising home prices, a booming economy and bureaucratic slow down have lead City Commissioners to OK plans to revise the regulations.
In order for Bozeman officials to improve its historic districts, they first needed to update Bozeman’s inventory of historic homes (a list that had not been updated since 1984) to better understand the full scope of the district. Budget constraints had limited Bozeman’s ability to complete the survey, but with the help of Montana State University, the list will be updated in a relatively short time.
In early April, MSU students worked in pairs to gather basic architectural characteristics of downtown homes to determine their historical significance. The project helped these students become familiar with popular Bozeman home styles while completing some much needed busy work for Bozeman. By logging their findings into Bozeman’s historic home database, MSU and the city hope to eventually log every historic home in Bozeman’s historic districts. Montana State University plans to repeat the project until all the homes have been logged into Bozeman’s database.