The Lark

April 2015


The Lark was originally a motor lodge built in 1963 to support the added traffic from people traveling to the national parks. It remained an operating motel until 2009 when it eventually shut its doors. By that time, the once-vibrant motor lodge had become dilapidated. The building stood vacant until 2013 when a local development team saw the potential to transform the abandoned motel into a current day urban retreat for visitors. The Lark opened in April 2015 with 38 rooms and an open-air concept that encourages visitors to rest up and then head out to enjoy local adventures.

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Design team

collaborating ArchitectFernau and Hartman
Interior DesignTHINKTANK Design group

About The Project

Two-Phase Hotel Build


The Lark Hotel was completed in two phases. The first was a complete overhaul of the existing structure, an aged 38-room 1960s motor lodge on Bozeman’s Main Street. This building took on a completely new look with an open-air design, outdoor fire pit and balconies overlooking downtown. The second phase was a new build adjacent to the existing hotel, featuring 29 additional guest rooms and an in-house coffee shop, Treeline Coffee Roasters. The building consists of cross-laminated timber, which is lightweight and durable with a low environmental impact, making us one of the first builders in North America to use it.