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Putnam Hall (Carnegie Library)

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Carnegie Library
1904–1905, William C. Albrant
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

NDSU’s former Carnegie Library, known for many years as Putnam Hall after music director Clarence S. “Doc” Putnam, is another product of the brief architectural career of Albrant. The Classical Revival, cross-plan brick building is on a foundation of dressed sandstone. The entrance has sandstone Tuscan columns distyle in antis. Windows on the sides and rear elevation have jack-arched lintels and keystones. The building concludes with a heavily dentiled cornice around pedimented gables and the roof is surmounted by a small cupola. The standing-seam metal replacement roof, though practical, changes the effect of what was originally a more delicate cedar-shingled roof. Entrance from the north was originally emphasized by an ornamental pond and landscape plantings. The building is clearly too small to serve the needs of a modern university research library, but it continues to contribute in many significant ways to the character and perception of the historic campus.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Putnam Hall (Carnegie Library)", [Fargo, 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, 49-49.

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