It's one of the tallest buildings in Aberdeen, and it's giant hotel sign can't be missed. Since 1928 the Ward Plaza has been hosting and entertaining thousands of guests.
Walking into the Ward Plaza is like stepping back in time. Over there is the original 1928 hotel lobby desk. And, there's that old telephone. You can almost hear the shrill of the ring.
"We have people come every day that just come to look at the facility. They don't necessarily purchase something or visit one of the businesses. They just come to look at the ballroom or lobby or the hotel desk." Said Melissa Erlenbusch.
After a major renovation project, the Ward Plaza offers a little bit of everything. It houses a boutique, an Italian restaurant, a pub and grill, a handful of hotel rooms, and the crystal ballroom, which has the only wooden dance floor in Aberdeen.
"When Northern State University has their swing dance here there are people wall to wall on that dance floor. You can barely move." Said Erlenbusch.
From dances and weddings to anniversary dinners and honeymoon stays, the Ward Plaza has been part of many South Dakotan's stories.
"I'm very proud of our Ward Plaza. I'm very proud of what we have to offer the community and the surrounding areas." Said Erlenbusch.
It's been said that throughout the years some have tried to change the Ward Plaza name. But it's far too identifiable and why change something that's been around for 85 years?