“It was here that the romance of my life began”. So said Theodore Roosevelt looking back at the pivotal 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, asked JLG to design a Presidential Library to celebrate the life and legacy of the extraordinary U.S. President. The insight and passion for North Dakota that JLG Architects brought transformed the words of the Foundation members into a clear vision and direction for the development of this uniquely North Dakota project. The Library was designed to house the Roosevelt Center’s growing digital library of everything ever written by Roosevelt, while the museum would 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 was redesigned into a dramatic landscape capturing the essence of the Badlands. The design of the library itself is 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.