The Gathering Place is part of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Garden, created to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Corps of Discovery. Placed at the point where visitors enter the garden, the structure houses interpretive information about the garden and the journey.
The Gathering Place is meant to evoke both a traditional Native American shelter as well as a Jeffersonian colonial building. The vegetated roof is planted with native wildflowers, but there is also an oculus in the center to let light in and to symbolize the smoke opening in traditional Native American structures. The base of the roof is sheathed in copper in a profile that recalls colonial structures of Jefferson's period. The enclosure of the gathering place is formed by vines that grow in beds around the perimeter of the structure and climb up a steel mesh.