|Commission approves Dakota remodel|
|Friday, 05 November 2010 13:53|
The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission says remodeling the Dakota Middle School Auditorium will not have an adverse effect on historic resources. The Commission voted six-to-three Friday morning to make that recommendation to the State Office of History, which will make the final recommendation.
The commission heard from the project architect Friday.
Dakota is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The theater was built in 1937, and the plan is to remodel it into an updated community theater.
Sen. Stan Adelstein says, "And to restore it to what it was built for and to the quality level that my father envisioned and what he put into the building of it. So it's a restoration of a place of great love and fond memories."
Bill Kessloff says, "Preserving the wooden seats would just maintain that extra aura of that building. Everything just kind of goes together, the plaster, the seats, the whole thing."
Kessloff was one of a number of people to speak out Friday for the retention of the current wooden seats. The Commission's approval addressed only the layout of those seats and not the seats themselves.