2019 AIA SD Merit Award – Farmhouse Bistro – JLG Architects

© Chad Ziemendorf

For decades, a series of dilapidated farm structures on a rolling farmstead along Spearfish Creek defined quintessential rural Americana. When the original owner demolished the buildings and listed the property for sale, the new owner, Merideth Pangburn-Walker, decided to use the opportunity to create a restaurant that reflected the fondly-remembered old farmstead in both structure and feeling. She wanted to customers to feel as if they were eating at her own home — clean, simple, comfortable — with a variety of indoor and outdoor dining experiences, all focused on views of the Spearfish Creek valley. The result was the Farmhouse Bistro, designed by JLG Architects.

© Chad Ziemendorf

The Farmhouse features six different indoor and outdoor dining environments: indoor dining with expansive views of the Creek; a more intimate Mezzanine level with views of the valley; private dining with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the Creek; an open outdoor patio; a unique structure providing shaded outdoor seating; and an outdoor deck at the Mezzanine level with elevated views of the Creek. The restaurant serves up “casual fine dining” for 90 guests inside, and 28 outside.

© Chad Ziemendorf

The Farmhouse is easily accessed from I-90 — a main East/West connection through northern U.S.A. — which passes on the North and East edges of Spearfish. A public pathway connects the site to the opposite side of the Creek. Farm artifacts such as a plow, metal feed bin, and large milk containers were integrated within the landscape. Aspen trees were selected for their light and lacy texture, compatible with the barn structure.

© Chad Ziemendorf
© Chad Ziemendorf
© Chad Ziemendorf

2 Replies to “2019 AIA SD Merit Award – Farmhouse Bistro – JLG Architects”

  1. This is a really stunning project. Great work! I can’t wait to visit the restaurant when I’m in the Black Hills!

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