Rushmore Music Festival

Rushmore Music Festival
Rapid City, SD4,262 Sq. Ft.

Project Summary:

With this project in Rapid City, South Dakota, our clients entrusted us to create a beautiful space for community, music, and youth, and we delivered just that! This custom Thielsen Timber Frame Home Kit serves as the hub of the Rushmore Music Festival — an exciting non-profit providing tuition-free, pre-college educational programs for talented young musicians. The building includes adjoining bedrooms for staff, communal areas, and enough open space to host concerts or recitals. With high ceilings improving acoustics and gleaming hardwood floors reflecting daylight from large picture windows, there are few places like it!

The main level features a wide-open gathering space with a large modern kitchen, several dining tables, and a performance area. Through a hallway near the kitchen, faculty members can take advantage of a large primary bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, an additional bedroom, a laundry room, and a half bathroom in the foyer. Upstairs, you’ll find a shared gathering area that opens to the great room below. There are also two additional bedrooms, an office, and a full bathroom.

This building connects with two massive A-frame cabins, where students will reside during their stay. The property will also feature several small, cabin-like structures providing practice, rehearsal, and teaching spaces. To learn more about this incredible build and the people behind the Rushmore Music Festival, visit their site here!

General Overview:


  • 4,262 SQ. FT. Total
  • 2,910 SQ. FT. Main Level
  • 1,012 SQ. FT. Upper Level
  • 341 SQ. FT. Covered Entry


  • Communal Space & Recital Area
  • (4) Bedrooms
  • (2 1/2) Bathrooms
  • Office
  • Laundry


  • Heavy Timber Entry Shed Roof
  • Tongue & Groove Ceilings
  • Heavy Timber Interior Trusses
  • Large Window Walls

Custom Features:

Our designers made several modifications to our standard Thielsen to accommodate the needs of our clients and visiting faculty and students. For instance, we removed the two-car garage from the design and reconfigured the layout to create one long, gable-roofed structure. We also expanded the downstairs living quarters to include an additional bedroom by removing the patio area outside the primary bedroom. Additionally, our clients decided to add a heavy timber entry shed roof that gives the structure a ranch-style appearance.

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