- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A historic Rapid City hotel has navigated an intricate set of preservation regulations to replace windows on a handful of floors as part of a two-year renovation.

The window replacements at the nearly 90-year-old Hotel Alex Johnson, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, are set to begin in the coming weeks, the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1GQ52YC ) reported.

The hotel had to get the project approved by the city, with a review from a state historic preservation office. The city council recently decided to allow the changes to proceed at the hotel, which is named for railroad executive Alex Carlton Johnson.

“We knew it was important to keep the historic integrity of the building intact,” said Caleb Arceneaux, CEO of Liv Hospitality, which manages the hotel. “So it was going to take a few extra steps and a bit more time to do it right.”

New windows will be installed on the third through ninth floors because the existing windows don’t insulate the hotel adequately. Arceneaux said working through the historic preservation process has been “fairly painless.”

He said he has worked with historic districts and landmarks previously and it comes down to cooperating to find a solution.

“It’s important to preserve the tradition and ambience of a city,” Arceneaux said. “You need to find a balance between that and contemporary growth so they can work in harmony.”

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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