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U.S. Post Office and Courthouse

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1912–1913, John Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. 304 E. Broadway Ave.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The U.S. Post Office and federal courthouse was one of the last works by Taylor as supervising architect. This formal Renaissance Revival building is typical of Taylor’s design work. The steel-framed three-story building on a raised basement, with reinforced-concrete floors and walls of structural clay tile and brick, is sheathed with ashlar Indiana limestone. Consistent with Renaissance Revival, the heavily rusticated ground floor has arched windows that spring from a line of torus molding, transitioning to the two upper stories that have implied quoins at the corners. A row of small, closely spaced windows runs like a colonnade just below the hipped, red tile roof. The building continues to serve its original use.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "U.S. Post Office and Courthouse", [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, 193-193.

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