SDSHS Members View Lowest Floor of Karcher Building and Get a Taste of Pierre’s History

Karcher Building Today


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) History buffs got the rare chance last week to view a part of Pierre’s Karcher Building that not many people get to see-the structure’s lower level. A reception was held last Thursday for members of the South Dakota State Historical Society, who had gathered for the group’s annual conference that ended last Saturday. The Karcher Building, at the corner of Pierre Street and Dakota Avenue is known as the building that helped establish the center of the business community in the 1880’s. It’s now owned by Ana and Rick Jensen of Pierre and the couple hosted society members in the bottom level of the building a week ago. They own four downtown buildings and run the Norbeck House Inn-once home to former South Dakota Governor, Peter Norbeck. Ana Jensen says that she and her husband appreciate the historical significance of some of the local, long-established buildings.

Jensen says when they first bought the Karcher Building; the lower level needed lots of work.

Jensen says they hope to make some changes to the building’s top floor and perhaps use the lower level for a business that has a theme like “Speakeasys” of years past.

The Karcher Building now houses Karcher Confections and Tibb’s Leather Works. It was commissioned by Henry Karcher in 1884.

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