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Adams County Courthouse

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1925–1928, Ira L. Rush Sr. 600 Adams Ave.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The Adams County Courthouse was designed by a Minot architect who secured several commissions for courthouses in the state. This project preceded Rush’s Art Deco Burleigh County (BL10) and Ransom County (1937) courthouses and differs rather dramatically from them in style. The composition and decorative elements of the building tend toward Colonial Revival, while the vertical composition of the windows and spandrels is vaguely akin to Art Deco. The Art Deco motifs may have been envisioned as a less costly alternative. The county commissioners directed Rush to simplify his original design because of cost concerns. However, the Burleigh and Rush courthouses were entirely Art Deco and this building may represent a stylistic transition in his work. This three-story courthouse is faced with Hebron pressed brick on a raised foundation of white limestone, with fanlights above the upper-floor courtroom windows and a rusticated arch over the entrance. Carved stonework is evident at the sills, spandrels, and framing the entrance.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Adams County Courthouse", [Hettinger, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 180-180.

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