Once upon a time a girl from a concrete town in the North of England discovered inspiration in a book, planned a trip and found home. A place to breathe, to marvel and to dream. Now living closer to that dream, our family's heart travels the last few miles almost every day as we talk about our Last Best Place and tell each other "Love you more than Montana".
An icon of the American West, grain elevators do not simply punctuate sweeping landscape photographs encapsulating the vastness of the west; they are also a testimony to the legacy of back-breaking work that has been poured into the land.
During a trip to Montana in 2009, I attempted to pay homage to these structures by photographing a grain elevator in Wilsall, Montana. I especially appreciate the wonderful worn type and colors on this particular building.
While grain elevators represent the history of The American West, architects like Clark Stevens who designed The Silo House, (located in a special place - East River Road, Paradise Valley) are inspired to use these functional forms as a springboard for modern architecture.
Byoung Cho, Professor of Architecture at Montana State University, states “agricultural buildings aren’t really designed, someone just made them. I try to design like that—so it looks like it’s not designed at all, it’s just there.”