Vermillion arts center receives preservation grant

Vermillion arts center receives preservation grant Historic preservation projects in Armour, Brookings, Flandreau, Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Vermillion will receive matching grants from the State Historical Society, Gov. Bill Janklow announced.

"The $109,975 in grants for the 12 projects will result in a total of nearly $1,065,000 for restoration of truly historic landmarks in South Dakota," Janklow said.

The grants are awarded through the South Dakota State Historical Society's Deadwood Fund grant program. The grant program is designed to encourage large-scale restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties. Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state. Each grant is matched with funding from private and other sources for the restoration project.

The following projects received grants:

* Armour: Armour Carnegie Library, $2,750, for restoration and stabilization of the foundation and basement;

* Brookings: Old Brookings Middle School, $10,000, to develop a preservation and use plan for the auditorium; Old Brookings City Hall, $5,000, to restore the fire house doors to their original appearance;

* Flandreau: Masonic Temple, $10,000, to repair and restore the building exterior; Japanese Garden Dance Pavilion, $10,000, to repair windows and interior stage area;

* Mitchell: YWCA, $2,225, for restoration of basement window wells; Feinstein's, $10,000, to restore front fa�ade of building; Corn Palace, $20,000, for restoration and repair of domes and roof;

* Rapid City: Casper Supply Company Building, $10,000, to restore the commercial storefront and brick wall stabilization;

* Sioux Falls: Glidden-Martin Hall, USF, $10,000, for repointing of masonry walls;

* Spearfish: Matthews Opera House, $10,000, for restoration of decorative plaster and tin in the Opera House;

* Vermillion: Washington Street Arts Center, Vermillion, $10,000, for repointing of masonry walls.

* In addition, $10,000 will be used for maintenance and on-going projects at three state-owned historic properties near Pierre and Fort Pierre: Fort Pierre Chouteau National Historic Landmark site, Verendrye Monument National Historic Landmark, and the Oahe Chapel.

This program is administered by the State Historic Preservation Office in Pierre. For more information on the South Dakota State Historical Society's Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historical Preservation Office, Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217, 605-773-3458,

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