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Preservation Plan Update

Introduction: The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is currently conducting strategic planning, and updating its Historic Context Document and Comprehensive Preservation Plan to inform the Commission’s work in 2020’s and beyond. The effort also seeks to articulate a more inclusive history of Rapid City and describe how experience and memory have shaped sense of place and community. This work is being conducted with assistance from Vantage Point Historical Services, Inc. (VPHS)

Phase I: Phase I of the project included a strategic planning retreat that created a revised mission document for the HPC and drafts of the Historic Context Document (Draft) and Comprehensive Preservation Plan (Draft). The original Historic Context Document was written in 1989. The most recent Comprehensive Preservation Plan was written in 2009.

NEWS UPDATE: A virtual community meeting via Zoom will be held on June 3, 2020 at 11:00 am to get input on the draft plan. Register to participate at bit.ly/RChistory. Vantage Point Historical Services, Inc. will give an overview of the project and its conclusions to date. Questions may be submitted in advance. A recording of the meeting will be posted on this website following its conclusion.

Phase II: So far, Phase II has produced a Draft Themes Document that interprets the development of Rapid City along the lines of “Environment,” “Government” “Economy” and “Building Community.” This document will shape the development of a master list of representative types of places throughout Rapid City that reflect key attributes about the history of our community.

Phase III: Phase II sets the stage for Phase III to occur in 2020-2021, where VPHS will conduct a Cultural Landscapes Survey and integrate all of the components from Phase I, II, and III into the City’s updated and finalized Historic Context Document and Comprehensive Preservation Plan.

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The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission thanks the South Dakota State Historical Society for their support of Picture Rapid City’s Past. Photos appearing on these pages are provided courtesy of the Journey Museum and Learning Center and Patrick Roseland’s private photo collection. Some of the text is based on “Images of America: Rapid City Historic Downtown Architecture,” written by Jean Kessloff, Adrienne Merola Kerst, and Pat Roseland and published by Arcadia Publishing.

More information about the Historic Preservation Commission is available here.