Construction begins on hotel project in downtown Bozeman

Vacant for most of the last decade, the old National Guard armory building in downtown Bozeman is beginning to show signs of life.

Plans are moving forward to repurpose the building into an eight-story boutique hotel complete with event space and at least a pair of restaurants, said Cory Lawrence, CEO of local travel company Off the Beaten Path and the project’s main backer.

The adjacent parking lot on the corner of Mendenhall Street and Willson Avenue is closed temporarily for construction, which Lawrence described as a “surgical demolition.”