Monday, March 6, 2017

Windows restored at historic All Angels Church

One of our favorite buildings in all of the Black Hills is nestled on a corner not far from downtown Spearfish.

It's the All Angels Episcopal Church, a structure with remarkable history – surpassed only by its beauty.

And that aging beauty has been significantly restored over the past many months, thanks to restoration work done on stained glass windows that give the structure its beauty and character.

Read about the project in this story from a recent edition of the Black Hills Pioneer.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Six South Dakota sites added to "Historic Places" register

Three are in Black Hills at Belle Fourche, Sturgis, and Rapid City

PIERRE, S.D. – Six more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society. 

The listed properties are the Belle Fourche Band Shell, the Canton Carnegie Library, the Herschell-Spillman Steam Riding Gallery (or the Prairie Village Carousel) in Madison, the Rapid City Masonic Temple, the Raymond Farmers and Citizens Bank, and the Sturgis Water Works Company Supply Works Site.

The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. The State Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society works in conjunction with the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register program, to list the properties. 

The Belle Fourche Band Shell is among three Black Hills
properties added to the Nat. Register of Historic Places
"South Dakota's history is rich in American Indian culture, pioneer life and change," said Jay D. Vogt, state historic preservation officer and director of the State Historical Society. "Properties listed on the National Register are important for their role in South Dakota's culture, heritage and history. And when properties get listed, it shows that their owners take pride in their role in preserving that culture, heritage and history."

Buildings, sites, structures and objects at least 50 years old possessing historical significance may qualify for the National Register, according to Vogt. Properties must also maintain their historic location, design, materials and association. Listing on the National Register does not place any limitations on private property owners by the federal government. 

Following is more information about these newly listed properties.

The Belle Fourche Band Shell in Hermann Park was built in 1954. It was listed in the National Register for the entertainment and recreation it has provided to the community over the years. It is also significant as a common adaptation of the band shell form, which first became popular in the 1920s and 1930s across the nation.  

The Canton Carnegie Library, located at 225 E. 4th St., was built in 1913 after years of effort by leading citizens to establish a free public library for the educational use of their community. It is listed in the National Register as a significant local example of neoclassical architecture, a style often used for libraries and public buildings for its allusions to enlightenment, tradition and public virtue.

The Herschell-Spillman Steam Riding Gallery, more commonly known as the Prairie Village Carousel, was built sometime between 1901 and 1920. A rare and intact example of a Herschell-Spillman Steam Riding Gallery, this carousel is listed in the National Register for its association with the historical themes of entertainment and recreation in the early-20th century United States. It is located in Prairie Village at 45205 U.S. Hwy. 81/SD Hwy. 34.

The Rapid City Masonic Temple at 618 Kansas City St. was built in 1925. It was listed in the National Register for its significance to the community in the area of social history and represents the fraternal organization’s long history in and contributions to Rapid City. The temple is also listed as a rare example of Renaissance Revival architecture in Rapid City. It is the oldest known example of a building designed by architect James C. Ewing, Sr., who made significant contributions to the architecture of Rapid City between 1925 and the 1960s.

The Raymond Farmers and Citizens State Bank was listed in the National Register for its association with the historical theme of commercial development in Raymond. It is significant as the best local representative of the two-part commercial block, the most common form for small and moderate-sized commercial buildings in the United States. The building, located at 202 Flower St., was built in 1911.

The Sturgis Water Works Company Supply Works Site, located at 2835 Davenport St., began construction in 1892. It is listed in the National Register for its contribution to local commerce and industry. It is also listed for its connection to Joseph and Jarvis Davenport, both of whom made significant contributions to the community by way of this property. 

For more information on the National Register or other historic preservation programs, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone (605) 773-3458 or website (click on National Register of Historic Places in the right column).

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call (605) 773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call (605) 394-1936 for more information.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

10 Black Hills projects approved for property tax moratoriums

State Historical Society board approves 22 applications statewide

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 22 applications in 10 counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings.

“These approvals are significant because if an historic building qualifies for the tax benefit, an eight-year delay is placed on the property tax assessment of any certified improvements,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society, headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. “Property tax assessments may not be increased due to certified rehabilitation of the building.

“The property tax moratorium is an incentive for owners of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places to maintain and rehabilitate their homes and businesses,” Vogt added. 

One of the criteria for the approval was that the projects meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Of the 22 properties receiving the moratorium, 13 are private residences and nine are or will be income-producing properties. Investment per project ranged from $3,000 to $4 million. Private investments totaled $8.49 million. 

For more information on how to qualify for the state historic preservation property tax moratorium, contact the State Historical Society at (605) 773-3458, or go online to

Following is a list by county of the sites approved for the property tax moratorium.

Aurora County
Hilton House, 402 N. Main St., White Lake; constructed c. 1920; 2016 work was to refinish the porch.

Hofmeister House, 209 E. 1st St., White Lake; constructed in 1912; 2016 work continued rehabilitation to create usable living space in the basement.

Brown County
Olwin-Angell Building, 321 S. Main St., Aberdeen; constructed in 1903 with third floor added in 1914; 2016 work was to create a gym on the first floor.

Clay County
7 Center St., Vermillion; constructed in 1922; 2016 work included the installation of new electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems along with other interior renovations.

13 & 15 W. Main St., Vermillion; constructed as two separate buildings in 1883 and 1892, buildings combined into one in 2005; 2016 work remodeled the interior for a new business.

Davison County
Mitchell National Bank, 217 N. Main St., Mitchell; constructed around 1907; 2016 work repointed exterior stone.

W.S. Hill House, 520 E. 6th Ave., Mitchell; constructed in 1910; 2016 work renovated the original fireplace.

Fall River County
Harlou Building, 407 N. River St., Hot Springs; constructed in 1893; 2016 work renovated a portion of the first floor to hold a gallery, shop and studio space.

Hughes County
E.W. Stephens House, 500 N. Grand Ave., Pierre; constructed in 1939; 2016 work included a kitchen remodel, replacement of the house electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling (HVAC) systems, remediated mold and asbestos, repointed exterior brick and refinished all the wood floors.

McDonald House, 1906 E. Erskine St., Pierre; constructed in 1885; 2016 work included stabilizing the foundation, remodeling the unfinished attic, renovating the second floor bathroom, and remodeling the kitchen.

Miller House, 519 N. Huron Ave., Pierre; constructed 1925; 2016 work rebuilt the interior.

Lawrence County
3 Shine St., Deadwood; constructed in 1895; 2016 work was structural stabilization and remediation of hazardous materials.

138-140 Sherman St., Deadwood; constructed around 1897; 2016 work restored the original exterior appearance.

360 Williams St., Deadwood; constructed around 1880; 2016 work removed non-historic material, installed new electrical, plumbing and HVAC, repaired the foundation, replaced the roof, abated lead paint and painted the exterior.

Fountain House, 21 Charles St., Deadwood; constructed in 1890; 2016 work included a completed exterior restoration, installation of new electrical, plumbing and HVAC, and interior renovations.

Meade County
McMillan House, 1611 Davenport St., Sturgis; constructed in 1887; 2016 work included renovation of the first floor bathroom to remediate water damage, installation of interior storm windows, installation of new gutters and downspouts, and repairing and repainting some plaster walls.

Minnehaha County
Bowen House, 840 W. 9th St., Sioux Falls; constructed 1899-1900; 2016 work repointed the brick exterior and repaired cracks in the foundation.

Odd Fellows Home, 100 W. 10th St., Dell Rapids; constructed in 1910; 2016 work was the completion of two condo units.

Pennington County
Aby’s Feed and Seed, 408-412 5th St., Rapid City; original grain elevator and industrial complex constructed between 1911 and 1944; 2016 work repaired the loading dock on the south side and completed renovation of brick buildings on the north side and the warehouse on the east side.

Dean Motor Company, 329 Main St., Rapid City; constructed in 1930; 2016 work kept the open floor plan to adapt to a mixed use concept retaining the original industrial feel of the building with clay tile walls and visible roof trusses.

Fairmont Creamery, 201 Main St., Rapid City; constructed in 1929; 2016 work replaced the roof.

Hotel Alex Johnson, 523 6th St., Rapid City; constructed in 1927-1928; 2016 work updated guest rooms, administrative spaces, banquet halls and restaurant facilities.

(Thanks to the South Dakota State Historical Society for providing this information.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Historic Winchester Firearms featured at Journey Museum

Reported by KEVN:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Northern Plains history symposium to focus on Black Hills

"Forts, Wars and Treaties on the Northern Plains" scheduled for June 1-3

The Case Library for Western Historical Studies at Black Hills State University in Spearfish and the Fort Meade Cavalry Museum are sponsoring a symposium and tour on June 1-3 that will highlight the region’s rich history.

Titled “Forts, Wars and Treaties on the Northern Plains,” the event will include an opening reception, presentations by Western history experts including Jerome A. Greene, Paul Hedren, Eli Paul, Randy Kane, Mike Her Many Horses, Donovin Sprague and Paul Higbee; a book signing, library tour and an all-day tour of Fort Meade and Bear Butte.

“Regional history symposiums offer the information and stories that bring a fuller understanding to our state’s history,” said David Wolff of Spearfish, vice president of the State Historical Society’s board of trustees and one of the coordinators of the event. "This symposium will look at the history of the Northern Plains, with an emphasis on the Black Hills. The topics to be discussed, especially Indian/White relations and military encounters, have a strong connection to what went on during the settling of Dakota Territory."

“The symposium is an opportunity for scholars and enthusiasts to share insights and knowledge about the multifaceted history of the Black Hills and the Northern Plains, as well as highlight the resources of the Case Library and Fort Meade Cavalry Museum,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society, headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Other sponsors include the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the West River Foundation, South Dakota Humanities Council, BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., the BHSU College of Liberal Arts and the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center.

For a registration form, click this link:  Forts, Wars and Treaties Symposium.  For more information, visit the website:

Contact Wolff at or Bobbi Sago at (605) 642-6361 with questions.

Monday, February 13, 2017

State Historical Society awards five preservation grants

Historic preservation projects in Arlington, Delmont, Faulkton, Madison and St. Onge have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

“2017 is the 20th year for this historic preservation grants program,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. “In 2016 we awarded $108,204 between 11 projects which had matching funds of $291,301. The resulting total public-private investment is $399,505. This program is designed to encourage restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties and is one more way we can promote and protect our history and culture.”

The grants are awarded through the State Historical Society’s Deadwood Fund grant program. Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state. The program is administered by the society’s State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The following projects were the most recent to receive grants to supplement their work:

n Arlington: Arlington Community Museum, also known as the Arlington Masonic Temple, built 1907-1908, $2,378 grant awarded for roof replacement
n  Delmont: Thomas Lenehan House, or The Onion House, built 1902, $20,000 grant awarded for structural and roof repair of onion dome tower 
n  Faulkton: Pickler Mansion, built 1882-1894, $10,700 grant awarded for structural stabilization
n  Madison: Herschell-Spillman Steam Riding Gallery, also known as the Prairie Village Carousel, built sometime between 1901 and 1920, $20,000 grant awarded for wood and mechanical restoration
n  St. Onge: Anderson-Ridley Barn, built 1902, $3,437 grant awarded to repoint mortar on the barn

These new recipients represent a total award amount of $56,515 and matching funds of $236,586. The total public-private investment is $293,101. These figures are reflected in the 2016 statistics above.

Deadwood Fund grants are awarded twice a year with grant application deadlines of Feb. 1 and Oct. 1.  They are reviewed at the spring and winter meetings of the State Historical Society’s board of trustees. For more information on the Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone (605) 773-3458; or website