Walking into the historic Carpenter Building is about as close to stepping into a period costume drama as one can get in downtown Sioux Falls. This sense of occasion is not lost on Brady Mallory, who calls the building home.
“It looks like a grand hotel that you don’t see anymore,” he said, gesturing around at the lobby’s marble and carved wood. “Obviously this was built when going to a hotel was a very classy affair. My favorite part is the staircase. I think it has been very well preserved. I won’t lie – sometimes when I descend down them, I feel like a rock star.”
Mallory, who works a few blocks down Phillips Avenue as an anchor on KELO TV, moved into the building in the summer of 2015. He says the historic vibe caught his attention.
“In 1912 it was a hotel owned by the Sheraton, then it was a war dormitory, then it was a dorm for Nettleton College, I’ve read. It’s been apartments for some time, though.”
The Carpenter has undergone a series of renovations in recent years, under its newest ownership. The bottom two floors are occupied by businesses like Home Porch and Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gift. 18 apartments make up the top floors, including Mallory’s which is nestled into the fourth.
The apartment is a one bedroom with an en suite jack and jill bathroom, which can also be access from the main hallway. Immediately upon entering, a spacious kitchen with snowy white cabinets and stainless steel appliances is to our left. The storage is ample, and Mallory has the enviable problem of having more than he really needs. On one stretch of countertop is a cluster of framed photos. It is just our first glimpse of what he has made a very personal space.
“I don’t really know what my style is,” he explained. “I like a lot of different elements. I like industrial things. I like clean, modern things. I wanted it to look like I lived here and to be approachable. Stuff gets moved, it’s not static. I spend so much time telling other people’s stories it was important for me to have things that tell my story. And most everything has a story.”
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