Feigel House open to public

2002-06-06T23:00:00Z Feigel House open to public Rapid City Journal
June 06, 2002 11:00 pm

RAPID CITY - Local preservationists will show off a rescued Rapid City landmark on Sunday, June 9.

The 1880s Feigel House overlooking Roosevelt Park at E. New York Street will be open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free.

The nonprofit Feigel House Foundation has renovated the brick house, breezeway and carriage house, and converted the complex to small offices. Spokeswoman Sylvia Conrad said the group hopes the public tour results in a tenant or tenants stepping forward to rent the offices.

Back in 1992, the house was boarded up and a candidate for demolition to make way for apartments. The city Historic Preservation Commission stepped in. The city bought the property for $25,000 in 1993, and the foundation organized to find funding and to repair the house.

Homesteader Frederick C. Feigel, a Civil War veteran from Chicago, built the house. He chose a hilltop with a sweeping view of Rapid Creek. He made the home's bricks himself at the building site. Roosevelt Park is on land that once was part of his homestead.

The breezeway has been converted into handicapped-accessible restrooms and a reception area. The old kitchen - with some built-in cabinets rebuilt - would serve as a lunchroom.

Some of the rooms have been furnished with period furniture and carpets. Feigel's granddaughter helped the foundation re-create some wallpaper patterns, carpet patterns and other details of the original house.

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