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Orchard Gardens

The surrounding neighborhood of Orchard Gardens considers itself semi-rural. The design used this identity to create a 35 unit cluster development on 4.5 acres. Thoughtful site planning and building forms suggest agrarian roots. A main farm house sits at the entry, under the shade of old cottonwood trees. A large barn structure houses the majority of the units and has underground parking. The north boundary is defined by a “bunk house.” A community barn and privately funded art installation anchor the center. Half of the site is dedicated to gardens. Run by a local non-profit, the produce is used in community supported agriculture boxes each week.


2006 – Green Building (March)

2006 – GeoOutlook (Volume 3, Number 1)

2006 – Fine Homebuilding (Issue #184)

2005 – Rural Voices (Fall)


2007 – AIA National Show You’re Green

2007 – AIA Montana Merit Award 2006 – Home Depot Foundation “Award of Excellence for Affordable Housing”

2006 – Missoula Sustainable Business Council “Sustainable New Venture of the Year”

2006 – Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition “Charles L Edson Tax Credit Excellence Honorable Mention Award”

2006 – Orton Family Foundation “PLACEMATTERS Innovator in Place Award”

2005 – Montana Contractors’ Association Excellence Awards “Best Environmental Excellence Award”

2005 – Montana Contractors’ Association Excellence Awards “Special Recognition in Waste Management”

Photo credit: Mark Fritch Photography