For the last two years, the State of South Dakota has made the case for preservation in a central Sioux Falls neighborhood. The Pendar Lane neighborhood, an area between 26th Street and 31st Street from Fourth Avenue to Phillips Avenue, was deemed historically significant and worthy of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.
The Pendar Lane neighborhood south of McKennan Park won’t be going on a historic registry after a majority of property owners there objected to the proposal.
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society said Thursday that letters of objections were received from more than 50 percent of the homeowners in the neighborhood, which had been nominated by a resident to be designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.
Nearby residents say the modular style of the home doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood and detracts from the historic homes around it. Those homes, which range from 66 to 128 years old, have front porches, detached garages, large front windows and pointed roofs.
They are just outside the boundaries of the Cathedral Historic District, so there was no requirement that new homes mirror existing ones.
“The only things that house has in common with its neighbors are it has a roof, walls and windows,” said Shon Roti, who lives a block away in a house built in the 1800s.