Homestead Rest Area & Visitor Center
Junction City, South Dakota
Driven by a desire to actively engage with visitors to the State of South Dakota, the proposed new Homestead Visitor Center and Rest Area welcomes weary Interstate 29 travelers entering the State near its border with Iowa. The organization of the 6,000 SF project makes it easy for Travel Councilors to greet visitors, help tourists find events and activities in the area, and educate travelers on the history, highlights and destinations across South Dakota. The year-round all-day welcome lobby and restrooms comprise half the facility, while seasonal daytime areas such as the 2500 SF exhibit area and tourism support spaces make up the remaining half. Taking the “homestead” name to heart, the architecture creates a contemporary farmstead inspired by the pioneering homesteader’s traditional collection of agrarian buildings, familiar farm shapes and local materials.
Wanda Goodman, Department of Tourism