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Historic Rapid City raises money to restore McGillyvuddy house

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The Rapid City community came together Friday night in support of a historic restoration project.

The fundraiser should bring the historical group a few thousand dollars closer to reconstruction.
 
"There is a lot of interest in this project," said Fred Thurston, board member and architect with Historic Rapid City.
 
That project is the restoration of the McGillycuddy house, circa 1886.
 
"It's an important project to the community," he said.
 
And an expensive one.
 
"It's almost a reconstruction," Thurston admitted.
 
It includes adding an entire floor that looks like it might have been lost to fire in the 1940s. That's why Historic Rapid City hosted a fundraiser Friday.
 
"It's going to take public involvement and public support," said Thurston.
 
The group has both of those in spades.
 
"Modern Woodsmen has offered us a $2,500 matching grant," he said,  to go along with the $5,000 they hoped to raise tonight through silent and live auctions, plus the $15 entrance fee.

In all, Thurston said they need to raise roughly $250,000 to complete the project.

But they're not looking for just money. Several local contracting companies have also donated time and materials.
 
"We'll see if the rest of contractors will step up to the plate," he said, and take a swing at preserving Rapid City history.

Thurston hoped they'd get to a third of the funding they need by the end of Friday night.

There's no timeline yet for when he expects the project to be finished.

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