Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel will soon rebuild a decorative parapet on its roof, reports the Rapid City Journal. Opened in 1903, the Franklin was one of the largest buildings in Deadwood and included a decorative brick and stone wall extending from the roof, accented with carved stone accents and painted wood from the Black Hills.
Tom Rensch, managing partner of the Silverado-Franklin, said that the restoration is going to bring back the historic landscape of Deadwood. In its prime, the Franklin Hotel hosted celebrities like John Wayne and Theodore Roosevelt, but financial problems struck with the stock market crash in 1929. The parapet fell into disrepair and was eventually removed.
The hotel reopened to guests in 1989 with the vote to legalize gaming in Deadwood, but renovations did not begin until 2005, after the hotel was purchased by the nearby Silverado Gaming Establishment. The upcoming parapet project will cost an estimated $230,000 and is part of an overall exterior remodel that will cost approximately $543,000. Eighty percent of the project’s cost will come from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission’s Façade Conservation Easement Program.
The parapet will be designed by Rapid City architect Dave Stafford and will closely replicate the original design. The project should be completed in 45 to 60 days.
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