PIERRE — The Stidworthy-Kemper Property in Viborg has been additional to the National Sign up of Historic Sites.
The Countrywide Register is the official federal record of properties identified as crucial to American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and tradition. The Condition Historic Preservation Business office of the Condition Historic Modern society operates in conjunction with the Countrywide Park Services, which oversees the Countrywide Sign up application, to listing the qualities.
The Turner County Stidworthy-Kemper House is a two-and-a-half tale, wood framed, Colonial Revival foursquare household built in 1910-1911. The household was originally constructed as a residence, in the beginning for C.H. and Agneta Olsen, and was later on converted into a clinic in 1942. The dwelling retains a lot of major architectural features which includes a rough-faced Sioux quartzite stone foundation, a whole-width 1-story open up porch, and a flared hip roof. The inside has historic features as properly, these types of as pocket doorways, two-button light switches, and historic and restored trim molding.
In Oct 1918, the house was bought from the Olsen’s to Dr. George H. Stidworthy. Stidworthy was initially from Illinois and attended health-related school at the Sioux City College or university of Medication. Even though in Viborg, his healthcare exercise involved residence visits, and he would vacation by horse and buggy to rural parts to pay a visit to patients. In the course of primarily demanding situations these kinds of as epidemics and the Wonderful Despair, Stidworthy normally took foodstuff as payment and would have to slumber in the buggy in between traveling to clients mainly because he was so hectic. He served Viborg and the surrounding local community for virtually 40 decades.
In 1937 Dr. Carlos E. Kemper took more than the apply and in 1942 Kemper started the procedure of converting the home into an official medical center. This renovation supplied added providers and more place for individuals that Viborg and the relaxation of the county had by no means had right before. The first ground turned a reception spot, X-ray space, lab, kitchen area, and doctor’s office. The second ground and attic have been made use of for affected person beds, an obstetrics suite, and nursery. Surgical operations were held anywhere they could find home. In the 1992 centennial historical past of Viborg, Dr. Stidworthy and Dr. Kemper ended up credited with creating Viborg the health-related centre of Turner County, and this dwelling is a representation of that background and their commitment.
“South Dakota has a extremely abundant background and tradition ranging from prehistoric Indian villages, homesteader cabins, and distinctive firms to richly comprehensive historic neighborhoods — which are all great testaments to our condition,” stated Ted M. Spencer, Point out Historic Preservation Officer and Director of the Condition Historic Preservation Office.
Buildings, sites, structures and objects at least 50 years aged possessing historical importance may well qualify for the Nationwide Sign-up, for every the National Park Provider suggestions. Houses should also sustain their historic location, structure, resources, and affiliation. Listing in the National Register does not area any constraints on personal property owners by the federal government.
For a lot more information on the Countrywide Sign-up or other historic preservation courses, make contact with the Condition Historic Preservation Workplace at the Cultural Heritage Middle, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217 telephone 605-773-3458 or web site background.sd.gov/Preservation (click on on National Register of Historic Sites in the proper column).