Preservation

Image: Historic structure

Hot Springs has a number of historic properties listed on the US Department of Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places. The following files provide information about the six properties that are individually listed on the National Register.

In addition to these properties Hot Springs has a historic district that is listed on the National Register. Created in 1974, the Hot Springs Historic District is an irregularly shaped district, as described in the nomination and was developed "for the preservation of the historical, archeological, architectural and cultural heritage of the City of Hot Springs and to promote the use and conservation of such property for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of the citizens of Hot Springs, the State of South Dakota and the United States."

In 2011 the Battle Mountain Sanitarium was bestowed with the title of National Historic Landmark - the highest historic preservation designation allowed.  It is now part of the Department of the Interior's Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary. The Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs was established on approximately 101 Acres in 1902 and opened in 1907. It is the oldest facility in the VA Medical System established solely to provide medical care and is now identified as the Hot Springs VA Medical Center.  The original sandstone buildings were designed by reknowned Omaha architect Thomas Rogers Kimball in the Mission/Spanish Revival inspired style.

Hot Springs High School

Hot Springs High School

(added 1980 - - #80003721)
Also known as Hot Springs Independent School District 23-2
146 N. 16th St., Hot Springs
Historic Significance Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer Unknown
Architectural Style Tudor Revival
Area of Significance Architecture
Period of Significance 1925-1949
Owner Local
Historic Function Education
Historic Sub-Function School
Current Function Education
Current Sub-Function School
Hot Springs Historic District

Hot Springs Historic District

(added 1974 - - #74001890)
Roughly both sides of River St. from Summit Rd. S to Baltimore St.,
including part of Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs
Historic Significance Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer Unknown
Architectural Style Romanesque
Area of Significance Architecture, Commerce
Period of Significance 1900-1924, 1875-1899
Owner Local, Private
Historic Function Commerce/Trade
Current Function Commerce/Trade
Governor Leslie Jensen House

Governor Leslie Jensen House

(added 1987 - - #87001731)
Also known as The Jensen House;Christian Jensen House
309 S. Fifth St., Hot Springs
Historic Significance Person, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer Unknown
Architectural Style Other, Queen Anne
Historic Person Jensen, Leslie
Significant Year 1899
Area of Significance Politics/Government, Architecture
Period of Significance 1875-1899
Owner Private
Historic Function Domestic
Historic Sub-Function Single Dwelling
Current Function Domestic
Current Sub-Function Single Dwelling
Log Cabin Tourist Camp

Log Cabin Tourist Camp

(added 2004 - - #03001525)
Also known as Historic Log Cabin Camp
SD 1, Hot Springs
Historic Significance Event
Area of Significance Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function Domestic
Historic Sub-Function Hotel
Current Function Domestic
Current Sub-Function Hotel
Petty House

Petty House

(added 1999 - - #99000202)
Also known as Petty Mansion
201 N. Third St., Hot Springs
Historic Significance Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer Petty, Joseph
Architectural Style Queen Anne
Area of Significance Architecture
Period of Significance 1875-1899
Owner Private
Historic Function Domestic
Historic Sub-Function Single Dwelling
Current Function Domestic
Current Sub-Function Single Dwelling
State Soldiers Home Barn

State Soldiers Home Barn

(added 2009 - - #09000446)
Also known as Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota Veterans Home Barn
2500 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs
Historic Significance Architecture/Engineering
Architectural Style Other
Area of Significance Architecture
Period of Significance 1925-1949
Owner State
Historic Function Agriculture/Subsistence
Historic Sub-Function Agricultural Outbuildings
Current Function Domestic
Current Sub-Function Secondary Structure
Phillip Wesch House

Phillip Wesch House

(added 1984 - - #84003287)
Also known as Lawrence Residence
2229 Minnekahta, Hot Springs
Historic Significance Event
Area of Significance Industry
Period of Significance 1875-1899
Owner Private
Historic Function Domestic
Historic Sub-Function Secondary Structure, Single Dwelling
Current Function Domestic
Current Sub-Function Secondary Structure, Single Dwelling

Historic Preservation Board


Meetings are open to the public. The board works to promote the use and conservation of historic properties and help in the development of these properties for the education, inspiration and enrichment of the citizens of this city and this state.


Hot Springs Historic Preservation Commission


Hot Springs Historic Preservation Commission meets at 5 pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Hot Springs Library in the Helen Mcgee Heritage Room. Meetings are open to the public. 


Battle Mountain Sanitarium, National Home For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers


Image:National Historic Landmark - The Battle Mountain Sanitarium

National Historic Landmark Nomination

Historic Preservation Links