Historical Circular Bench Will Not Be Placed in Capitol Rotunda

Circular Bench


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman says she’s disappointed that a state commission didn’t take action on her request to place a historical circular bench back in the state Capitol rotunda. Wanda Dilley asked that the furniture piece be re-located in the Capitol for use by the public. The Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission inspected the bench Thursday before the group’s meeting. Museum Director Jay Smith pointed out some tears and various wear that the bench has sustained over time. It is currently in storage at the Cultural Heritage Center. The bench dates back to 1910 and was part of the original furniture built for the State Capitol, which was dedicated that year. At some point, the bench was recovered with naugahyde. It was most recently available for public use in the rotunda for about a month in 2008 and was also displayed at the Cultural Heritage Center in 2009 and 2010 during an exhibition for the Capitol centennial.
After taking comments-both for and against placing the bench in the rotunda-the commission Thursday did not make a motion to consider the issue. Dilley said Thursday she was disappointed-and at most-might check into the possibility of having some kind of replica of the piece placed in the rotunda.

Dilley said had had several e-mails and letters of support in her effort to return the bench to the Capitol. She said she believes there should be some place for people to sit inside the rotunda so that visitors have a place-other than the staircase-to rest.

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