Episode 62:

More Layers than an Onion

Rebecca and Mari have the Marketing Director from The C.M. Russell Museum, Christina Horton, back on the podcast to talk about our favorite and famous cowboy artist’s, Charlie Russell, house. She brought the awarded historical architect, Ken Sievert, who was on the restoration project for Charlie and Nancy’s house with her to give us all the details. Everything from moving the house 50 feet, Charlie’s demands for flat walls, to removing layers upon layers of wallpaper, we cannot get enough of the creative restoration process it took to bring back The Russell’s house to its near original glory.


Thank you, Christina, for sharing these images of The Russell’s Home and Studio!

Show Notes and Pull Quotes

Turns out, Ken wrote an essay about his development and oversight of the restoration of The Russell’s home. There are some images here that show redaubing of the exterior logs. It’s a great read, but we think it makes an excellent podcast episode too.

We really do think that the original wallpaper should be made into wrapping paper sold at The C.M. Russell Museum’s gift shop.

Nancy may have cheaped out on the plaster, and it caused quite a headache during the restoration process.

The entire project cost about $1.4 million.

A special thank you to everyone involved in the restoration process, and to Ken for giving us the insider scoop.

The restoration of the C.M. Russell House and Studio National Historic Landmark was fulfilled with the assistance of responsible contractors and qualified craftsmen, credited below:


Historic Architect of Record: Sievert & Sievert Cultural Resource Consultants
Mechanical, electrical, and systems consultants: GPD Engineering Inc.
Industrial hygienist and hazardous materials consultant: TD&H Engineering
Interpretive design: Split Rock Studios in collaboration with CMRM professionals


General contractors: Robinson Construction Co. (2 projects); Detailed Construction Co. (2 projects)
Specialty contractors: Fernandez Painting and Wallcovering (including lead paint mitigation)
Conservators: Custom Plaster, Boise, Idaho; Greg Marster, principal conservator
Masonry restoration: Cooper Masonry
Mechanical and electrical subcontractors: Loenbro, Brennan, A. T. Klemens
Principal subcontractors: Ron Prikockis Roofing; T-C Glass; Winters Stained Glass
Interpretive rough-in: Crestron Electronics Inc.
Compliance: Planning and Community Development Department; City of Great Falls