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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Watertown in Codington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Maurice Hockman

Maurice Hockman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 7, 2019
1. Maurice Hockman Marker

Maurice A. Hockman, a prominent South Dakota architect, designed a large part of uptown. At least ten buildings are attributed to him and nine or more have Hockmanesque features. Characteristics of his style are prominent courses of brick dentils, smooth stone molding near the top of buildings, and Kasota stone with a rough finish for lintels, sills, and courses.

Hockman was born in Indiana in 1878. He studied art prior to his education in architecture. He moved to Watertown in 1902 and established a solo practice before partnering with a man named Schweiger. Between 1904 and 1917, Hockman had over sixty commissions throughout South Dakota and Minnesota.

Involved in the military, Hockman served as Governor Elrod's military advisor from 1905 to 1907 and enrolled in active service with the US Army in 1917. He worked as an engineer and architect for the remainder of his career.

Current examples of Hockman's works includes:

- Carnegie Library (Codington County Heritage Museum)
- Mount Hope Mausoleum
- Public Opinion Building
- Saint Mary's Mausoleum
- Immaculate Conception
Maurice Hockman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 7, 2019
2. Maurice Hockman Marker
Catholic Church
- Balsigeerr Bakery Building
- Coplan Brothers Billiards Building
- Alterations, IOOF Hall
- Lyon-Smith-Schuler Building
- McIntyre Building
- Citizens National Bank Building
- Tarbell Building

Top picture inset
The Smith, Schulner, & Lyon Block designed by Hockman and built in 1910.

Lower Left picture inset
The first Church of Christ Scientist constructed in 1910 and was demolished. It was located on the corner of South Maple and 1st Avenue SE.

Lower Right picture inset
Kemp Avenue looking east from City Hall in 1930. The Lincoln Hotel building is picture in the far upper left. Designed by Hockman, but torn down in 1972 at 22-24 North Maple Street. The Citizens National Bank building located on the corner of Broadway and Kemp is pictured in the center of the image on the left.
Erected by Sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, a Preserve America Grant, and the South Dakota State Historical Society. Images courtesy of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Codington County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 54.025′ N, 97° 6.819′ W. Marker is in Watertown, South Dakota, in Codington County. Marker is on West Kemp Avenue 0.1 miles west of Broadway St. S, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 1/2 Kemp Ave E, Watertown SD 57201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commercial Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Codington County Courthouse (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Office & Auditorium (about 600 feet away); Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Public Opinion & City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watertown (approx. 0.8 miles away); Forsburg Park Sundial (approx. 4.1 miles away); District No. 5 Public School (approx. 9˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watertown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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