Check Out Some Historical Pierre Attractions near Faith

The Historic Commercial District is packed with Pierre attractions. BBOnline shows you around the buildings that are open to public.

Grand Opera House
109 S Pierre Street
Pierre,  South Dakota 57501
(605) 224-7826
www.pierreplayers.com

Built in 1906 by the Hyde family, the Grand Opera House was dubbed as the "finest and best playhouse ever built in South Dakota" by the 1906 issue of the Sioux Stock Journal. When it turned into the Grand Theatre for a while, hosting films as well as vaudeville shows and community projects, children could get matinee tickets for the price of an old tire or two old inner tubes. These were used in the furnace to heat the building.

Today there are 300 seats on the main floor instead of the original 1,200. The costume and lighting departments and the orchestra are housed on the balcony. One of the better known Pierre attractions, the theater is said to be haunted, which adds to its romantic allure. The building is home to a theater group known as the Pierre Players. Catch a play, musical or concert at the opera during your Faith Bed and Breakfast stay.
 
South Dakota State Capitol
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
(605) 773-3201
www.nps.gov/history

This stunning four-story example of the Neoclassical architectural style completed in 1910 is designed like the Montana State Capitol. The complex covering 115 acres contains 16 buildings. It has beautifully landscaped grounds with 3,000 trees, 48 acres of lawns and more than 8,000 species of flowers. Architectural features of the Capitol include Corinthian columns, a copper dome, terrazzo tile floors laid by Italian workers and an interior as decorative as the exterior.

The rotunda beneath the dome is embellished with exquisite murals and paintings for which the Capitol is well known. Four modern sculptures by Harry Daniel Webster and the sculptor of Mount Rushmore - Gutzon Borglum - add the finishing touches to the rotunda. Definitely a must-see on your Pierre attractions guide.

Methodist Episcopal Church
117 North Central Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
www.pierrefirstunitedmethodistchurch.org

Known as the Pierre First United Methodist Church, this 1910 structure is a magnificent instance of the local Late Gothic Revival ecclesiastical style. When you see it, you'll know why this emotional style was often chosen for churches. The building has castellated towers, steep cross gable roof, buttresses and pointed arch windows.

The glorious interior is completely finished with oak. The stained glass windows illustrating the history of the church and the Methodist Movement are Pierre attractions in their own right. Services are held in the church Monday to Friday as well as on Sundays.

Hilger Block
361 South Pierre Street
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
www.nps.gov/history/nr

This 1883 commercial building was the first one to be built in Pierre. The elaborate Italianate style stone lintels, window hoods and decorative cornice remain unaltered and you can still sense the 19th and early 20th century eras here. While the main level of the block is taken up by stores, the upper level has loft-style apartments. If you plan to shop and sight-see at the same time, the Hilger Block is worth adding to your list of Pierre attractions and makes for an enjoyable outing from your Faith Inn.