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Rapid City's McGillycuddy house buys land next door

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The restoration of a Rapid City home with more than 120 years of history behind it takes a giant leap forward.

The windows and crumbling exterior walls were the first items to be fixed on the historic 1880's McGillycuddy house on South Street.

Now the renovations move to the second floor and the roof to bring it back to its former glory.

But before contractors can start on the roof the 'Historic Rapid City' Committee needed to secure a prime piece of real estate.

"We just closed last week on purchasing the lot we are standing on right now. The original entrance of the house, the steps to the entrance actually came down onto this property. So we need to have this property in order to build the house," said Fred Thurston, a member of the Historic Preservation Board.

The home was built by former Rapid City Mayor Valentine McGillycuddy. Volunteers say the community support for the restoration has been encouraging.

In honor of McGillycuddy's birthday on Valentine's Day, Piece of Cake pastry shop on Mount Rushmore Road is selling boxes of petit fours, a type of desert from the Victorian era.

Part of the proceeds from the sales will benefit the restoration of the McGillycuddy house.

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