The historic three-story house known as the Dickey House, which has been used as a residence for several BHSU presidents, is now on the market.
The original dining room and furniture from the 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival style home.

A historic three-story house known as the Dickey House, which has been used as a residence for several Black Hills State University presidents, is now on the market for a price tag of $590,000.

The BHSU Foundation Board of Directors decided to sell the 5,630 square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival style early 1930s home, located in the heart of downtown Spearfish. The Board is considering plans to build a new presidential residence adjacent to campus. The Foundation Board noted the beautiful, ornate older home has limitations in hosting alumni and community events, which is traditionally a primary function of a University president’s home.

Gene Farrens, member of the BHSU Foundation, explains that the home was not ideal for entertaining and the Board has decided that selling the home is in the best interest of the University and the Foundation. The home built in 1931 has a unique layout including a sunken living room which presented numerous challenges when hosting events.

            “This was a difficult decision that really came down to going with our heads rather than our hearts,” Farrens explained. “It’s a beautiful house with historical charm, but it isn’t the ideal house for entertaining and hosting events for groups of people. As we proceed with the construction of the Alumni Welcome Center, the Board decided that the timing was right to sell the home and proceed with our long-term plans of constructing a new home adjacent to campus which will be designed to host events.”

President Kay Schallenkamp and her husband Ken have lived in the home since they moved to Spearfish in 2006. She expressed her gratitude for the experience and noted that it was truly an honor to live in the historic home owned by the Foundation.


 The landscaped grounds of the home give it great curb appeal.
 There are detailed arch styles that add visual interest to the face and interior of the home including this custom cut arch over the outside living room.

“We have enjoyed living in this beautiful home that has so much history and magnificent architecture. We know deciding to sell the house was a difficult decision for the Foundation Board,” Schallenkamp said.

The three-story home, which is listed on the National Historic Record, was built by Walter and Margaret Dickey and donated to the BHSU Foundation in 1981.  The 17-room home, located at 815 State Street in Spearfish, includes five bedrooms; each with unique characteristics. The landscape outside is bordered with nicely trimmed hedges. Some of the furnishings including the dining table and chairs, ornate chandelier, and built-in hutch, are original and will remain in the home.

      The Spanish Colonial Revival style of this stately home was popular throughout the United States between 1915 and 1945, but is unique to the Spearfish area. The Dickey’s inspiration for the design came from a structure they saw on a trip to Minneapolis.

      Many of the custom features inside the home add charm and are reminiscent of life in the 1930s. The structure is most detailed on the east facade or front entrance with its asymmetrical layers of stone, wood, clay, terra-cotta and stucco. Three different arch styles add visual interest to the face and interior of the home. Semi-circular or round arches remain consistent through most openings in the house, but there are custom cut arches over the outside living room window and an eastern inspired Ogee Arch over the front main entrance.

      The entryway features two umbrella closets, a built-in boot bench, and a telephone cabinet (accessible from three rooms). Laundry chutes leading to the basement laundry room are accessible from the above ground floors. A back stairway ascends from the kitchen to the second floor.  Detailed arches, custom built-ins, and careful craftsmanship characterize the expressive style. The arches were built for their gracious appearance. 

      The first BHSU president to move into the Dickey house was J. Gilbert Hause and his wife Trudy in May of 1984. Clifford and Karen Trump moved into the house in 1985 and lived there until 1994. Tom and Judy Flickema lived in the home from 1994 to 2006. It is currently occupied by the Schallenkamps.

      The home is co-listed by several realty companies in Spearfish. An open house is being planned.  Interested buyers should contact one of the following agents:

·        High Plains Alcorn Realty, Jim Alcorn, 642-0680

·        Real Estate Center of Spearfish, Beth Mathis, 642-2525

·        Century 21 Spearfish Realty, Rick Tysdal, 642-4607

·        Re-Max in the Hills, Marysia McDowall, 642-2500

About the Dickey House:

By the numbers:

·                     5,630 square-foot

·                     17 rooms

·                     5 bedrooms

·                     2 umbrella closets

·                     3.5 bathrooms

·                     3 fireplaces ( one on each floor)

·                     10 shower heads in master bedroom shower

·                     11 closets

·                     18 windows

·                     19 doors

·                     31 radiators