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Armory and Auditorium

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1937 armory, Gilbert R. Horton. 140 4th St. SW; 1939 auditorium, Ritterbush Brothers. 320 Central Ave. S
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Associated with the local National Guard Company G, First Dakota Infantry Regiment, the utilitarian but richly detailed armory with vertical fluting and corner pavilions replaced an earlier wooden building that burned at the end of World War I. The more overtly Art Deco-inspired auditorium was funded by the WPA as a federal work relief project. Structurally ambitious wood and steel girders enabled column-free longspan drill halls and a flexible auditorium floor. The armory and adjacent auditorium are faithfully maintained as assembly buildings.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Armory and Auditorium", [Valley City, 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, 61-61.

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