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Ceres Hall

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1910, Hancock Brothers; 2010 renovation, Michael J. Burns Associates

In 1909 the state legislature approved construction of a women’s building on campus. The building, named for the goddess of agriculture, is three stories in height and has a full-story attic with large shed-roofed dormers. Initially the building contained dormitory rooms for 115 residents as well as parlors, laundries, kitchens, classrooms, and offices for the School of Home Economics. A gymnasium and a 250-seat cafeteria occupied the top floor. The hard pressed brick used for the walls is ochre colored, with exceptionally fine buttered mortar joints and sandstone sills and belt courses. Ground-floor brickwork is heavily rusticated. Two off-center, projecting four-story towered entrances on the facade have red sandstone Roman Ionic columns, and engaged Ionic pilasters repeat this stylistic theme on the south and west facades.

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Author: 
Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay
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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Ceres Hall", [Fargo, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/ND-01-CS41.4.

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Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 50-50.

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