Deadwood History Link

Friday, 16 July 2004 05:50

Deadwood Historic Preservation Requests Proposals for New Museum

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has set aside funds for the construction of a new museum. In this regard, the commission has initiated a request for proposal, which follows:

Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark District noted for its authentic turn-of –the century western architecture and significant history. The City has over a period of time acquired a number of collections of historic artifacts as has the non-profit Days of ’76. These collections are either in storage or displayed in facilities that lack the proper climate control and security systems. The City is looking for proposals regarding the design of a new facility that will adequately house and display a number of disparate collections in a facility that evokes historic Deadwood.

The facility is to be located at the present Days of ’76 Museum site. Attention must be paid to the appearance of the museum facility from the north, provision of adequate parking, design of appropriate landscaping and integration of the facility into existing buildings and activities in the area. The log cabin must be preserved in place.

The facility must be of adequate size to display at least the Clowser Collection, all or part of the Days of ’76 Carriage Collection, the Days of ’76 artifact collection and other collections as determined by the owner. Adequate provision must be made for storage of those portions of the collections listed above that are not displayed as well as storage of additional collections such as the Days of ’76 costume collection.

The facility should include all appropriate museum support spaces such as visitor services, workshop/exhibit preparation space, conservation space, gift shop, offices and other ancillary spaces as necessary.

The City is interested in building an appropriate, cost effective structure that effectively represents Deadwood and the Days of ’76 and helps to tell the story of Deadwood’s history. Innovative methods to curb or cut annual operating costs would be appreciated as would creativity with regard to protection of the environment.

The facility should be designed to operate as a seasonal public facility with the potential to operate year round without significant additional cost.

Written presentations in response to this request for proposal should include:


  • Personnel who will be involved directly in the project and a description of their responsibilities. This should include all proposed consultants.
  • List of similar projects completed.
  • References
  • Proposed schedule or timeline for the design project
  • How will cost of the design process be calculated and controlled?
  • How can construction costs and operating costs be of the new museum facility be reasonably controlled?
  • Why is your firm uniquely qualified to undertake this project?

All submissions will be reviewed and 3 to 5 firms will be selected for interviews to be scheduled prior to August 13, 2004.

Proposals are due at the City of Deadwood, Historic Preservation Office, 108 Sherman, Deadwood, SD no later than 5:00 PM (MDT) on July 30, 2004.

Questions may be addressed toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.605/578-2082