TR Presidential Library (conceptual design)

Dickinson, North Dakota

“It was here that the romance of my life began”. So said Theodore Roosevelt looking back at the transformative years he spent as a young man in the Badlands of North Dakota.

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center, housed on the campus of Dickinson State University, is building the Presidential Library to celebrate the life and legacy of this extraordinary U.S. President.

The insight and passion for North Dakota that JLG Architects brings has transformed the words of the Foundation members into a clear vision and direction for development of this uniquely North Dakota project. The Library will house the Roosevelt Center’s growing digital library of everything ever written by Roosevelt, while the museum will trace the trajectory of Roosevelt’s life – from young patrician of the Gilded Age to President of the United States to founding father of the Conservation movement – with a special focus on how North Dakota made Roosevelt into the man he became.

The 27 acre featureless site will be reshaped into a dramatic landscape capturing the essence of the Badlands. The centerpiece will be the 60,000 SF Presidential Library. It will be a multi-colored striated stone structure, reminiscent of Badlands buttes, which is bisected by a glassy Great Hall that captures the big sky and prairie of the West.

A highlight of the project will be an authentic 1880’s re-creation of the Elkhorn Ranch cabin along the Little Missouri River that served as Roosevelt’s Badlands headquarters during those years of personal transformation.

conceptual design library theodore roosevelt

"There's only a handful of presidential libraries. This one is going to be in one of the least populous states in the country. And the reason that's exciting is because of the story we have to tell about Theodore Roosevelt."