The 2017 Mayor’s Historic Preservation Award is presented to Perspective Inc. for the restoration of the Illinois Central Railway Roundhouse and to John Koch Construction, Inc. for the restoration of the home at 201 North Spring Avenue. The Mayor’s Historic Preservation Award is given annually to recognize meaningful achievements in historic preservation by an individual, organization, company, or agency through advocacy, education, investment, support, or service, and to stimulate greater public awareness and understanding of historic preservation efforts.
“These are great examples of how investing in historic structures in Sioux Falls makes such a positive difference,” say Mayor Mike Huether. “The Mayor’s Historic Preservation Award is one sway to recognize those who work tirelessly to preserve these old but beautiful buildings.”
The Illinois Central Railway Roundhouse at 525 North Weber Avenue was the first of two roundhouses in Sioux Falls. It was building in 1918 but the wooden structure burned down within the first year. A second structure was built in in 1920 using brick, steel, and heavy timber and functioned as a two-bay roundhouse for servicing than repairing locomotives until the late 1970s. Perspective Inc. has renovated the building to serve as its design studio. The original 18-foot doors where locomotives would enter the building have been retained. An addition the original building provides two more bays to keep the symmetrical look of the roundhouse. The project introduces a vision of redeveloping Weber Avenue as a gateway to the Falls and the history of the railroad downtown.