After a history of destructive fires (1885, 1898, and 1920) at the Bismarck Tribune newspaper headquarters, editor George Douglas Mann hired a Great Falls, Montana, architect to design this fireproof building with a concrete frame and floors, structural clay tile walls, and Hebron pressed-brick exterior. The popular Prairie Style design emphasizes horizontal proportions and incorporates decorative brickwork with applied terra-cotta ornament with motifs of stylized lamps, flowers, leaves, and lotus buds. Brick header courses accent the pilasters that support rectangular spandrels between the first- and second-floor windows. A distinctive polychrome terra-cotta bas-relief panel above the main entrance reproduces a painting of monks practicing the printer’s craft on a hand press. The Bismarck Tribune Building has served as office space since the newspaper relocated its operations in 1981.
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