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Liberty Memorial Building

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1924, Frederick W. Keith and William F. Kurke; 1982 renovation
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

In 1919 the Legislative Assembly authorized construction of the Liberty Memorial Building to provide additional office space for the State Historical Society Museum, the Adjutant General, the Library Commission, and the Supreme Court. The building is dedicated to the memory of the men and women of North Dakota who served in World War I. Under the original capitol campus master plan, the Classical Revival Liberty Memorial was to be balanced symmetrically by a temple of justice across the mall that would accommodate judicial functions, but this latter building was never built. The Liberty Building is constructed of Bedford limestone over a granite foundation. Interior walls of the first-floor lobby are finished in Kasota limestone, and the interior grand stairway is finished in Italian travertine with ornamented bronze entrance doors placed at the top. Perceived extravagance, a concern over the high construction expenditures, and a lack of cost control on this building impacted the design and budget of the Great Depression-era State Capitol building (BL1.1). Today the Liberty Memorial Building houses the State Library and a division of the Department of Public Instruction.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Liberty Memorial Building", [Bismarck, 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, 191-191.

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