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Historic Spearfish home up for sale

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The Dickey House is a standout in the Spearfish community.

The original owners donated their home to Black Hills State University in 1981. It has housed the university's presidents ever since.

"It's been an incredible honor to live in this home that has so much history with Spearfish," says current BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp. "It is a delightful home with very unique architecture. Ken and I have really enjoyed the last seven years being here."

Features like layers of different building materials and unique arches really make the style of this home unlike anything else you'll find in the Spearfish area.

But certain features of its old layout make it unsuitable for holding university events. People on the Foundation Board say the house just isn't big enough, and it's not handicap accessible.

"There's definite things we know are shortcomings here because of the age of the structure that we'll be able to address," says alumni and Foundation Board member Daryl Johnson. "And I think we can just be able to get a facility that's perhaps easier to maintain."

The new president's home will be next to campus—much closer than the downtown location.

Schallenkamp was not part of the Foundation Board's decision to sell the house.

"It's just an incredible place to live, but it's the right thing to do," says Schallenkamp. "I concur with the foundation's decision."

"Yeah, it's been difficult," says Johnson. "But we think it's the best way to move forward with the university."

The Dickey House is listed on the national historic record, which Schallenkamp says she hopes attracts buyers interested in the home's history.

This 17-room home is listed for $590,000. And while it's more than 80 years old, it still contains original furnishings and light fixtures that will remain with the house.

 

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