Missouri Bluff

Missouri Bluff is the realization of the residents’ dream of operating a Bed & Breakfast business out of their permanent home. With a pastoral site to build on, the ambition was to develop architecture that compliments the landscape while creating a place that visitors are drawn to. The house is built on the high point of the property, giving it prominence and offering astonishing views of the Missouri River and beyond. At sunset, one will revel at the glowing stone bluffs on the bank of the river, creating a memory that will bring guests back to visit again.

The Great Room is the central space in the layout and is sized for entertaining. Two wings branch off this central core and are angled to create a welcoming entry courtyard while promoting outward views on the opposite facade facing the river. The permanent residents quarters are located in the master wing and the lower level, with three additional Bed & Breakfast suites located in the main and upper levels. Ample social spaces are provided for everyone to enjoy and mingle as they wish without encroaching on others’ privacy.

The elegant timber frame is the essential component of the design. It’s scissor truss bents are reinforced with hammer-beams to span the extra width of the Great Room. This finely detailed bent profile is repeated on both exteriors creating deep roof overhangs. The sheltered entrances, familiar materials, and lively shared spaces make guests feel at home as they stay.



Yankton, South Dakota


Completed in 2019


4,552 SF


Scissor Truss

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