Western Mountain Region / American Institute of Architects
The second AIA award received by Ward+Blake, the Merit Award, highlighted a historic building recently restored on the property of Norman and Carol Hofley of Jackson Hole.
The Hofley Guest House – originally part of the Hardeman Ranch (circa 1900) – was complemented by the restoration of an historic barn taken from the White Grass Ranch property near Moose, Wyoming. Partner Mitch Blake, and staff architect, Bob Carter, oversaw the cataloging, disassembly, and restoration of each structure which included a complete reconstruction of the barn’s roof, originally blown off from an explosion. To help maintain its historic accuracy, the Hofleys and architectural team insisted on using construction techniques and materials that would have been prevalent during that time period. In areas where deterioration was quite advanced, replacement materials were aged and weathered to match the initial structure, while maintaining current county codes to structural stability and safety.