Martin Mason Building History

 

   The Martin Mason Building has been a fixture of downtown Deadwood South Dakota since its construction in 1893.  Its three story heavy brick and stone facade has stood for more than 119 years in the northern Black Hills in-climate weather. Commissioned in 1892  by  two attorneys,  name and Eben W Martin, the building took form a year later in 1893, an era in which Deadwood rose in prominence as wealth from the Homestake Gold Mine in nearby Lead flowed through town. Deadwood of the 1890′s was different from the earlier gunslinger and pioneer gold rush days as the railroad had made travel and commerce an easier affair.   When in 1897 the need for more room hastened the addition of a third floor, the building took its  completed shape which still stands today. While Eben Martin went on to serve as a congressman in 1912 , the Martin Mason building served Deadwood as law offices, a department store, and a grocery store.  The Martin Mason building’s central location, across the street from two train depots (now there is just one train depot and it’s the tourist information booth) and being only one block from the courthouse and federal building made it a fixture for many years of the residents of Deadwood in the early 1900′s.

The building diminished in stature over the years, with maintenance lapsing due to economic conditions in the town.

After attending a family reunion in Deadwood, the current owners visited and then purchased the building in 1994  even though the building was in a condemned condition. Major structural work then began in 1995 to shore up the south side of the building in the basement with new foundations. After emergency construction to maintain the integrity of the building was completed, work began on historically renovating the interior of the building.

The Martin Mason Building is located in downtown Deadwood South Dakota.  Built in 1893, it was recently restored in the 00′s and was reopened in 2007. The Martin Mason Hotel is located on the second floor and features eight rooms restored in Victorian style.  The hotel is recognized as one of the finest deadwood hotels. On the third floor is the 1898 Ballroom, a large gathering space for deadwood weddings, events, conferences and meetings. Deadwood and the Martin Mason Ballroom are fast becoming a favorite location for black hills weddings with our central location to everything Deadwood has to offer. The ground floor is occupied by the Wooden Nickel Casino and Lee Street Station Restaurant

Newspaper Collection: Martin Mason Building in the Deadwood News

The following pages are a compilation of articles from the Deadwood Daily Pioneer and Deadwood Daily Pioneer Weekly that have been retyped and reformatted from partial copies of the papers in which the respective articles appeared. Articles were copied that pertained to the Martin & Mason and Clark Building, its occupants, or events relating to the building plus any other advertisement, article, or quotes that appeared on the same page that seemed to provide an insight into the early days of Deadwood.
Typographical, spelling, and grammatical structures that appeared in the papers were not changed and a gradual transition in grammar and spelling seemed to take place over a period of time. There seems to be some chronological inconsistencies that can be explained by the fact that a weekly paper was also published that recapped the daily events of that week. From the copies I received, it was not possible to distinguish the daily from the weekly editions and I have undoubtedly added some of my own spelling and typographical errors to the original articles.

The collection is divided by time period and is presented in chronological order.

The copies of the articles and a synopsis of all articles pertaining to the Martin & Mason and Clark Buildings were provided by Deadwood Historic Preservation and the Deadwood Lead Public Library and were written by the many reporters of the Black Hills Pioneer formerly known as the Deadwood Daily Pioneer and the Deadwood Pioneer.

This collection of articles will increase as time permits. A compilation of the history of the owners, various uses of the building, and time frames are important to the physical restoration of any building and should be the first step in any historic restoration.

1893 Construction

1897 Third Floor Addition 

1898: Completion and New Beginnings 

1899: A Changing Deadwood

1900-1910: Fire almost destroys all 

1910-1920 

1920-1945