We have a large sourced project of the Martin Mason Building in the Deadwood news throughout the last 120 years which can be viewed at Martin Mason building history. For more historical information on Deadwood South Dakota please visit Deadwood History. [divider]

For Sale and Condemned in late July 1995.

[pullquote style=”left” quote=”dark”] . .the most handsomest and most modern building in the City with electric bells in every room, electric lights inside closets, and steam heat.” - 1893 Deadwood Pioneer newspaper[/pullquote]  Our historical renovation began in 1995. We first noticed the building on our way to the airport after attending a Family Reunion in Deadwood.   Prolonged negotiations resulted in the purchase of the Historic Martin Mason Building by Blake and Melanie Haverberg.  It was later discovered that one of the original owners Eben Martin, was a first cousin three times removed and had a very notable past including 5 terms in the US Congress and a lineage to the very early American and the Salem witch trials.

[custom_frame_right]Pre restoration of the martin mason building deadwood sd[/custom_frame_right] Originally the building was two stories with prestigious law offices on the second floor and a grocer on the bottom floor.  In 1897,  the Clark building was being constructed next door and a third floor that spanned the two buildings was added.  The third floor was leased by the Olympic Club that had formed 4 years earlier was famous for its social events    The Olympic Club occupied the third floor with grandeur until 1909.  The Deadwood Dramatic Club rented for a few years before the International Order of Oddfellows purchased the building in 1920.  The second floor was designed as professional offices with shotgun connecting doors and housed many of Deadwood’s best Attorneys, Doctors,  Dentists, and businesses until being remodeled into  some of the most sought after residences that gradually transformed into small one room apartments with lofts heated by oil burning furnaces.  The ground floor was designed as a commercial space with 14′ ceilings and became home for many prestigious businesses over the years and experienced  the most dramatic destruction in terms of historic preservation.

[custom_frame_left]Martin Mason Building in Center circa 1900[/custom_frame_left]  In July, 1995, the Martin and Mason Building was condemned and empty.  Deadwood Historic Preservation had performed emergency shoring  in the basement and third floor.   The basement South Wall was shored with concrete and steel beams and the building was still falling toward the street and caving in where show windows had been opened  for the first floor merchants.   The third floor trusses were also supported but the roof had been leaking and buckled the maple flooring causing severe damage to the lath and  plaster on all floors.  The basement was severely deteriorated with standing and flowing water and years of accumulated debris.
The first phase of restoration was to secure the building.  During the summer of 1996, the south wall was secured by replacing 4 foot sections of the foundation every 25 feet by supporting the building with steel beams and pouring a 2 foot think concrete wall inside the basement that cantilevered out over the 4 foot opening.  Reinforcement bar was used vertically and horizontally the length of the building.    The 25 feet on Sherman St. and 100 feet on Deadwood street were completely supported in  these 4 foot increments.    The 50 foot trusses on the third floor were jacked into position and both sides of the 5 trusses were sistered with steal beams welded in place that duplicated the structure and then through bolted through the original trusses.   The roof was replaced and the windows were repaired during the winter and the building was secured from further damage

[custom_frame_right][/custom_frame_right]  After removing debris and saving historic content, Phase 2 was started  to rebuild and restore the basement and first floor and establish a cash flow.   An excavator and a Bobcat were dropped into the basement and worked all summer digging the basement down to 8′ ceilings and digging a pit for the elevator.  Heating, air conditioning and plumbing sufficient to handle all floors was installed in one side of the basement.   We wanted to preserve the tall ceilings and volume of the rooms so all of the plumbing, heating, AC, and electric  was run through the existing stud walls from the basement to the third floor.
Phase 3 involved  finishing and decorating the rooms on the second  and third floors.  The original trim was left intact.   Lath and plaster was repaired where possible and 3/8” drywall over lath where water damage was severe.   Attention to detail with push button  light switches, original light  and bath fixtures,  and original Victorian furniture and colors preserved the 1893 effect..   Bathrooms were blended into the original layout and all doors and windows are original.    Storage rooms on the third floor were converted to bathrooms and the elegant Ladies bathroom of 1897 was rebuilt.   The original floors were refinished.   The elevator and air conditioning were completed and the hotel and ballroom were opened for business  in August of 2007.


The Martin Mason building has a NFPA 13 rated sprinkler system and conforms to all fire, safety, building, and ADA codes.  The third floor Olympic Ballroom  is a favorite place for Deadwood Weddings, Conventions, Family Reunions and other types of events with food and beverage facilities.   The second floor has eight luxury rooms and is rated as the best place to stay in Deadwood.   The individual floors can be locked  for  privacy with surveillance covering all access points.  The main floor has a restaurant, bar, and three exciting gaming rooms.


Our renovation in the news:

Nov 1, 2007 Rapid City Journal by Jomay Steen. Copyright Rapid City Journal.

DEADWOOD – As a renovation project, the Martin & Mason Hotel presented possibilities and problems alike: an elegant Victorian-era, storied hotel at the heart of Deadwood, but with long-neglected structure issues that might lead to the building’s collapse.

Yet owners Melanie and Blake Haverberg had a vision of the luxurious hotel and third-floor ballroom that they could build. After three phases of construction over a 12-year period at a cost of $3.5 million, the Haverbergs recently opened the doors to the grandeur of the Martin & Mason Hotel.

“It’s as historical as it can be,” Melanie Haverberg said of building’s renovation.

In its five elegant single rooms and three generously appointed luxury suites with offset bay windows, guests can enjoy the 21st-century amenities of Internet accessibility, private bathrooms and television while ensconced in 1890s decor. Pillow-top beds, goose-down pillows, Egyptian cotton bedding, luxurious comforters and plush towels await every weary guest checking in for the night.

The third-floor 1893 Olympic Club Ballroom opens from a 475-square-foot reception and conference area and showcases a beautifully restored 2,000-square-foot polished maple wood dance floor, 14-foot-tall ceilings, lath-plastered walls and five Victorian-era chandeliers. The former law offices have been converted into two connecting conference rooms that can easily open into 668 square feet of space.

“It holds 220 people, and we’ve already scheduled a wedding for Nov. 30,” Blake Haverberg said.

What you won’t find in the hotel rooms are telephones, smoking or children.

Eliminating telephones elevated the rooms to a more authentic look, while the smoking ban prevents damage and conserves the antique fibers and fabrics used to outfit the rooms. Situated above the Wooden Nickel Casino, Blake Haverberg believes that children should not be a part of the gambling scene “any more than they should be in saloons or bars.”

After a family reunion in 1995, the Northport, Mich., natives saw the future luxury hotel for the first time. “It was a horrible, rainy day, and as I was driving by, I saw its for-sale and condemned signs,” Blake Haverberg said.

He contacted his sister, who lives in Deadwood, who connected him with a Realtor. After six months of negotiations, they owned the building and began their remodeling odyssey.

With a basement filled with water, a crumbling foundation, collapsing third-floor roof trusses, a gaping hole in its roof and an assortment of squatters and pigeons living in the upper two stories of the building, they needed a strong vision.

Every board in the ballroom was warped. The pigeon poop was 3 to 4 inches deep, and there were even dead pigeons in it. They had to use poles to brace up the ceiling. Yet, you could walk into this room and see its grandeur,” Melanie Haverberg said.


While the Wooden Nickel Casino operated through the renovation, the building’s foundation was replaced in 4-foot sections. The debris was cleared from the basement, second floor and third floor as the roof was built and reinforced. Steel trusses were cut and installed on site. Maple floorboards were salvaged from an elevator shaft for the ballroom. When Hickok’s Hotel and Casino was redecorated, work crews salvaged matching heat registers to use at Martin & Mason’s. “We had great construction crews,” Blake Haverberg said.

We researched the era extensively. The colors, fabrics and decor are what you would have found in a home of that time,” Melanie Haverberg said.

The hotel rooms, with 12-foot ceiling heights, happily had large closets. “We managed to squeeze bathrooms or showers into every one of those closets,” Blake Haverberg said.

The Haverbergs continuously have combed antique shops in Rapid City, Spearfish and every state between South Dakota and Michigan to find authentic antique walnut and oak furnishings to decorate the rooms. “Every piece of furniture in here has been moved 15 times,” Blake Haverberg said.

While they hadn’t planned for the renovation to last this long or to spend as much, they are pleased with the elegant results.

With only eight rooms, we’re never going to make the money we spent on this. You do it more for your own satisfaction,” Blake Haverberg said.

“We’re trying to make it a historic draw to Deadwood,” he added.

Read more at rapid city journal website