The Historic Dayton House

The House


Cashel Family History:

Florence Smallwood's daughter, Mary Emmaline Smallwood, married State Senator John (Jack) Cashel in 1907. Jack practiced law, possibly authoring the first state law allowing mother's custody of a child of divorce. He was also president of the Citizen's National Bank for several years, and served two terms in the senate. Mary and Jack Cashel took ownership of the house in the 1920s. However, Mary died in 1931, after a surgery, at the young age of 43.


Smallwood Family History

The Smallwoods resided at 1311 Fourth Avenue, making positive civic and social contributions to the area for almost 20 years (1902-1921).


Dayton Family History:

The Restoration

The home is a Georgian/Colonial Revival built in 1890 for George Draper Dayton, the eventual founder of the Dayton Department Stores (now the Target Company).

The house was designed by architect Wallace Dow, who has been referred to as the Builder on the Prairie. Dow was chosen by the state of South Dakota to design its pavilion for the Chicago World's Fair in 1892–1893.

The house was originally constructed in just four months.

In 1902, the Dayton family departed for Minneapolis and the Smallwood family took up residence in the home.


Wallace L. Dow

Wallace Dow was known as the "Builder on the Prairie" and considered the premier architect of South Dakota in the late 19th century. At an early age, he specialized in the construction of churches. After moving to the Dakota Territory, his work focused on large private and public institutions. Some of his work in Sioux Falls, S.D., included the State Penitentiary, the Old Minnehaha County Courthouse (now a museum), the School for the Deaf, and the Pettigrew House (museum), along with several other private residences.

Tour Information

When making a reservation, please let us know of any special needs your group may have. The main floor of the Historic Dayton House is handicap accessible, with an elevated walk allowing entrance (from Thirteenth Street), wide pocket doors, and an accessible bathroom. Tours are easily adapted for guests who are unable to climb our stairs, but wish to hear the entire tour.

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