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I. W. Goodner House


I. W. Goodner House
I. W. Goodner House
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The I. W. Goodner house is an excellent local example of Colonial Revival architecture in Pierre. Design elements of the Colonial Revival style include the asymmetrical façade, large wraparound porch with simple Tuscan columns, multiple-pane windows, and plain railing with spindles. The house was originally a one-and-one-half-story house constructed between 1881 and 1885 for I. W. Goodner, clerk of the South Dakota Supreme Court, and is one of Pierre’s oldest homes.
 
Goodner came to Pierre and held many positions over the years. He was the official reporter of the debates of the South Dakota constitutional convention in 1885 and 1889, the first clerk of the Supreme Court, city attorney, and state’s attorney for Hughes County from 1900 to 1904. In 1901, he received an appointment to the State Board of Regents of Education by Governor Charles N. Herreid and in 1903 became president of the board by election.  Goodner won marked distinction as both a trial lawyer and a counselor.
 
Originally designed in the Gothic Revival style, the Goodner House underwent a major transformation in the early 1900’s that changed the style to Colonial Revival. The change also added a full second story and attic with three gabled dormers and columns. The changes to the house reflected the Goodner family’s need for added space as well as a significant modernization to a newer architectural style.

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The I. W. Goodner House is located at 216 East Prospect Ave. in Pierre. It is a private residence and is not open to the public.

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