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McGillycuddy House

A comprehensive history of the McGillycuddy house, including information on current renovations.

Valentine McGillycuddy, born on Valentine's Day in 1849, was a pioneer and one of the most prominent and accomplished citizens of the Black Hills. Built in 1887, the McGillycuddy House stands at 727 South Street on the corner of South Street and Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City.  Purchased by Historic Rapid City in 2011, the historic landmark is currently being restored and will become a museum and research center.

The house was designed and built by Valentine and his wife Fanny. There are two stories and four bedrooms in the Victorian Stick Style residence. The foundation is made of locally quarried sandstone. The paint colors were green and red and possibly black on the sashes. The building is not currently a contributing structure to the West Boulevard Historic District, but that is a goal of the restoration project.

Restoration is in the early stages. Projects still to be completed include rebuilding the second floor and roof as originally designed, rebuilding the entryway, insulating the building, installing new heating and electrical systems, foundation repairs, developing handicapped access and restroom, and landscaping. The project is estimated to be completed in about a year.

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Information about Valentine McGillycuddy
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