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Fauske House in Corson recently listed in National Register of Historic Places


CONTACT: Jeff Mammenga, Media Coordinator, 605-773-6000, Jeff.Mammenga@state.sd.us


Fauske House in Corson recently listed in National Register of Historic Places


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota State Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Ole E. Fauske House in Corson was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 29. 


The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. The State Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society in Pierre works in conjunction with the National Park Service, to list the properties. 


“South Dakota has a very rich history and culture ranging from prehistoric Indian villages, homesteader cabins, and unique businesses to richly detailed historic neighborhoods – which are all wonderful testaments to our state,” said Ted M. Spencer, State Historic Preservation Officer.


The Fauske House was built in 1902 and is a two-story pyramidal Folk Victorian style dwelling. Some of the house’s most prominent features include its hipped roof with cross gables, symmetrical façade, front porch with gingerbread ornamentation, a brick chimney, and original decorative woodwork.


The Fauske house was listed at a local level of significance through its association with Ole Engebretsen Fauske, an early settler and businessman in Minnehaha County. From the time Fauske and his family arrived in the Dakota Territory in 1873 until his death in 1941, he held numerous important roles in the community. These include store merchant, postmaster, investor, landowner and clerk for the Brandon Township Board. Fauske positively impacted the community’s economy through his numerous business ventures, civil service, and economic activities. The Fauske house was also listed as an excellent example of a Folk Victorian style of house.


Buildings, sites, structures, and objects at least 50 years old possessing historical significance may qualify for the National Register, per the National Park Service guidelines. Properties must also maintain their historic location, design, materials, and association. Listing in the National Register does not place any limitations on private property owners by the federal government.


For more information on the National Register or other historic preservation programs, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone 605-773-3458 or website history.sd.gov/Preservation (click on National Register of Historic Places in the right column). For information on membership in the State Historical Society, please call 605-773-6000 or email Jeff.Mammenga@state.sd.us.

Pictured is the Fauske House in Corson, courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society.




About the South Dakota State Historical Society

The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 2013, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing, and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.