State Historical Society lists Vermillion property on register of historic places

State Historical Society lists Vermillion property on register of historic places
The Colton House in Vermillion has been included as one of nine new South Dakota properties in the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

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.

"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 in 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."


The Colton House, 402 S. University St., was built in 1938 for Dr. Winfred Colton, then dean of the College of Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota. It is significant as an excellent example of the Tudor style constructed in South Dakota.

Features of the Tudor style found in the Colton house include stucco walls, a steeply pitched roof, prominent gable dormers on the fa�ade, and tall, narrow multi-pane windows in multiple groupings.

The Colton House was prominent socially as the location of receptions following faculty recitals, and for dinner parties for visiting faculty and clergy. Dr. Colton's contribution to the university was well-respected, and Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center was named after him.

Other newly listed properties include the Pioneer Park Bandshell, Brookings; the Stark and Blanch Garage, Arlington; the Mack Jones Lustron House, Miller; the Nora Store, Alcester vicinity; the L&A Baking Company, Sioux Falls; the Wagner House, Wagner vicinity; the Hoffman House, Yankton; and the Covered Wagon Resort, Piedmont.

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 in the National Register does not place any limitations on private property owners by the federal government.

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 Web site www.sdhistory.org HP/histpres.htm.

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