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St. George’s Episcopal Church

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1941–1949, Herman M. Leonhard. 601 N. 4th St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This congregation’s former church building (BL17) has been relocated to the open-air historical museum at Camp Hancock. In 1941 Leonhard, who was a member of the congregation, was invited by the vestry to develop plans and estimates for a new building. Leonhard adapted the design of Cass Gilbert’s St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Moorhead, Minnesota, for St. George’s. Construction was suspended until after World War II, and it was not until 1949 that parish congregants attended the first services here. While the church has a residential scale that fits well with its neighborhood, it is highlighted by a broad squat tower with a tall octagonal spire. The interior nave and transepts are covered by steeply pitched wooden roofs. The church is noted for its many memorials and especially for the stained glass windows that include fragments of glass from English churches. These fragments, some of which date back to the eleventh century, were painstakingly picked up and catalogued from the rubble of churches bombed during World War II.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "St. George’s Episcopal Church", [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, 197-198.

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