DELMONT, S.D. -

The Onion House has stood in Delmont since the turn of the 20th century.

Last year, however, almost rid of the building for good.

After the May 2015 tornado, the building suffered serious damage, particularly to its iconic onion-shaped dome.

The previous owner of the building nearly tore the historical piece down.

After the building was bought by Leo Holzbauer, a passerby fond of the building, he donated it to the Historical Society of Delmont.

For Society President, Earla Strid, and her husband, Dick, the Onion House is more to them than a historical hospital and clothing store.

They lived in the Onion House as a private residence for more than a year.

To save the Onion House, the Strid’s are hoping to pave the way toward renovating the building with the 20th Kuchen Festival.

All the proceeds from the festival are going toward matching a grant that would help fix damage done from the tornado.

Earla Strid said they’re dedication to helping the building is due to the appreciation the town holds for the special landmark.

"To be in a small town of less than 300 (people), it's unusual,” said Strid.

Earla said their hope is that the Onion House can survive until the turn of the next century.

"The Onion House, being the symbol that it is, is very important for the people in the area to keep it here, to restore it so that it's hear for another hundred years,” said Strid.

The Strid’s hope is if they get the appropriate funds to renovate the Onion House, their plan is to make it a community center for meetings and town socials.

The Kuchen Festival continues Sunday in Delmont.

The Strid’s ask anyone interested in donating to their renovation efforts to ask for the Onion House Fund at BankWest in Delmont.