Two 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 Arlington Masonic Temple, also known as the Arlington Community Museum, and the Dell Rapids Warming House.
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.
"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.
The Arlington Masonic Temple was built at 222 S. Main St. in 1907-08. It is listed in the National Register as significant for its architecture. The wood construction, coupled with the eclectic design, makes the Masonic Temple a rare South Dakota resource.
The temple is also listed for its local significance in the area of social history. The building is an important reminder of the prominent role fraternal organizations played in encouraging social order, promoting moral character, participating in charitable endeavors and engaging in gender-exclusive socialization throughout South Dakota’s history.
The Dell Rapids Warming House was built around 1930 using local rose-colored quartzite. It is located next to the river at the end of State Ave. The warming house is listed in the National Register as significant for its association with the historical themes of entertainment and recreation in the early 20th century. At the time, ice skating was a popular national pastime and an integral part of life in Dell Rapids during the winter months.
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 history.sd.gov/Preservation (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 www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call (605) 394-1936 for more information.