The Historic Preservation Commission is tasked with documenting and surveying properties with historic and architectural significance. A survey is a process to identify and gather data on a community’s historic and cultural resources. Survey projects produce records and photographs of individual properties as well as final reports with survey findings and contextual information. They are used to help inform decisions regarding the preservation of a specific property or a collection of potential historic sites. The survey process produces useful information for community planning, research, and public education and outreach. 

Current Survey Projects

Rapid City Postwar Schools: Historic Context and Recommendation of National Register Eligibility

This project builds on the postwar school architecture (link) essay written during the HPC’s Preservation Plan Update. The goal of the project is to provide background information to document the architectural significance of elementary and middle schools built between 1949 and 1972. This period in Rapid City was a time of significant population growth and City expansion. It was also a time where technological needs and changes in both building materials and educational philosophies contributed to the need for new buildings. The project will identify the history and design of school buildings and analyze whether any may be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a planning tool for growth, development, rehabilitation, and new construction.

A virtual community meeting  will be held at 12 pm on Thursday, July 7.  Tickets are free, and available here

Rapid City Postwar Schools Historic Context and Recommendation

Postwar Schools Essay

Map of Surveyed Schools

Past Survey Projects

West Boulevard House
West Boulevard House
Get In Touch With Us
Contact the Rapid City Community Development Department to reach the City staff Liaison to the HPC. 605.394.4120