Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC)

Located in the National Historic Landmark City of Deadwood, and partially funded by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, owned by the City of Deadwood, and operated by the Adams Museum (three separate stakeholders). The project consists of a two-phased repurposing of an existing warehouse building structure to convert it into a research center with an elevator addition. As with any facility with invaluable and irreplaceable artifacts, security was of utmost concern in this design. The phase I project was designed to be fully occupied during construction of the phase II portion. The world-class research facility includes meeting spaces, classrooms, library, research areas, and a full kitchen along with added fire protection, fire alarm, and other life safety and ADA requirements. Prior to construction, a complete re-do of the schematic design and detailed cost estimate was undertaken, along with a separate asbestos abatement project. This project is an example of a former client of Lyle’s who sought his involvement from past project experience with the City of Deadwood and the Adams Museum & House Board of Directors, despite the distance to Deadwood from Casper, and after another local architecture firm had completed an initial study that the owner was not pleased with.

Letter of Reference from Mary Kopco



Deadwood, South Dakota

Adams Museum Board
Mary Kopco, Director

Scull Construction
Jeff Clark, Project Manager

Architect of Record
Interior Design

Lyle Murtha, Principal Architect

Feasibility Study
Addition (Elevator)
Design-Bid-Build (Phase 1)
Construction Manager (Phase 2)

15,000 Square Feet

$1.7 Million