By Roger Dey

Lincoln's Lost Hyperbolic Paraboloid


Photo courtesy Lincoln Methodist Church

An undated image shows the Lincoln Community Methodist Church in winter, probably in the early 1970s before a later remodel covered the upper windows.

During the late summer of 1959 a peculiarly-shaped building rose on the east end of Lincoln's main street.

Sporting a design that looked like a square sheet pinned down on opposing corners, yet ready to take flight, Lincoln's Community Methodist Church soon became a landmark for travelers between Missoula and Great Falls.

Technically called a hyperbolic paraboloid , the uniquely mid-20th centu...

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