MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA
PROJECT INFORMATION: The world famous and world’s only Corn Palace underwent a major renovation, making Mitchell, South Dakota’s biggest tourist attraction an even better experience than before. Built in 1892 to showcase South Dakota’s healthy agricultural climate, the multi-purpose facility located on Mitchell’s Main Street is made entirely of corn, grains and local grasses, with artistic mosaic murals surrounding the exterior to reflect a new theme each year. In addition to the building’s annual redecorating, the Corn Palace’s new developments include larger exterior murals, a new sign, new custom-designed light-up domes, new wind turbines, and a walk-out balcony. On the interior, the new design features a new grand entry, lobby, and box office.
SCOPE: The city of Mitchell worked with MG McGrath to recreate the Corn Palace’s iconic exterior decorative domes, turrets, and metal screen panels. MG McGrath furnished & installed the three custom-designed domes using aluminum strips, formed to create a leaf profile. To achieve the look of the decorative turrets, MG McGrath installed aluminum skin over the existing turrets, attaching “husks” made from Amico expanded aluminum. The domes and turrets all have a 3-coat custom finish. Expanded aluminum ribbon mesh screen panels were installed at the base of each dome, along with flashings and trim to match.