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Old Main Hall, Minot State University (North Dakota State School of Forestry)

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North Dakota State School of Forestry
1908, Joseph A. Shannon. 105 Simrall Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Romanesque Revival Old Main on the Bottineau branch campus of Minot State University was constructed as the original site of the North Dakota State School of Forestry. In 1889 North Dakota’s legislature decided to build a forestry school and in 1894 Bottineau was chosen as the location. In 1907 the state legislative assembly commissioned Shannon, of Devils Lake, to design the building. In 2004 the decision was made to abandon Old Main Hall and discontinue its maintenance. Though some supporters of the college and the forestry program are seeking ways to put the building to a new use, it has been identified as highly endangered by the statewide advocacy organization Preservation North Dakota.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Old Main Hall, Minot State University (North Dakota State School of Forestry)", [Bottineau, 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, 127-127.

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