Dakota Hall dismantled at SDDC
By Shiloh Appel
On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, the historic Dakota Hall building located on the South Dakota Developmental Center campus was demolished. The building, along with the SDDC root cellar, was in a dilapidated state, and posed a safety and security risk, according to Department of Human Services Communications Officer, Daniel Hoblick. The South Dakota Legislature approved the dismantling of both structures in March during the 2021 Legislative Session. In SD Senate Bill 36, directions were given for the Dakota Hall and root cellar to be demolished, tunnels to be collapsed and filled, debris to be removed and disposed of, and the campus grounds to be restored. A sum of $794,645 was appropriated from the general fund to the Bureau of Administration for the demolition process.
The 24,552 square foot Dakota Hall was constructed in 1909. It was originally used as a living area for residents, and later used as a workshop and storage area.The 8,484 square foot root cellar was constructed twenty years later, in 1929, and originally used to store produce. It was later used to store grounds supplies, picnic tables, irrigation pipes, hoses and sprinklers.