Road to the Register

(Cover image by Sandra Lea Dickenson, AIA Emeritus) Her name was Margaret Wellington.  She was the wife of Dr. Raynor Wellington, history professor at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  Margaret was a member of the building committee for a new home for the First Congregational Church in Vermillion, South Dakota (now known as …

2021 AIA SD Presidential Award Winner: Goss Opera House, Watertown SD

Celebrations in Architecture: Goss Opera House, Watertown SD receives recognition from AIA SD President, Tom Hurlbert at 2021 AIA SD Convention. (Content submitted by RSA) Every once in a while, we as Architects become involved in a project that changes our perspective on the value of somebody’s passion for a project, and how it can …

2021 Design in the Hills – Deadwood, Thursday, July 15

Written by Jenn Johnson On the morning of Thursday, July 15, the 10th Anniversary of the AIA South Dakota Design in the Hills event was welcomed by Deadwood Mayor David Ruth Jr. at their recently completed Outlaw Square project. This year’s event had record attendance, celebrating the theme ‘Reconnection’ after a year apart. Kevin Kuchenbecker, …

Expanding Preservation of the 1950-1970s

Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist, South Dakota State Historical Society One of the newer challenges of historic preservation is the preservation of resources from the mid-20th century.  One of the eligibility considerations for the National Register of Historic Places is the age of the resource.  Sites newer than fifty years need to meet special considerations …

The Built Landscape of Suffrage History

Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist, SD State Historical Society South Dakota and the United States have recently marked big centennials of women’s suffrage.  A state constitutional amendment passed in November 1918 and the final ratification of the federal 19th Amendment took place in August 1920.  I was lucky enough to participate in several public history …