Architecture

Architecture

Historic downtowns are a dime a dozen but the Hot Springs Historic District, recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2009 as a Distinctive Destination, stands out among the others as worth visiting because of the Romanesque sandstone architecture of the buildings.

Locally quarried and constructed by pioneering craftsmen, these sandstone structures give Hot Springs a distinct appearance from any other community in the Black Hills and set it apart even in its earliest days from the plain wooden & brick buildings of mining towns like Custer and Deadwood.

Hot Springs was built to be a destination and today you can take a near-mile long self-guided digital walking tour through downtown and seek out the hidden architectural “easter eggs” placed by the buildings’ designers.

Walking Tour

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