Jones’s drawing of the competition-winning entry for this clubhouse was initially publicized in the Fargo Forum newspaper in 1938. It was an unusual, privately funded public commission during the Great Depression. As a condition of the donor, Sarah Manning, the clubhouse design incorporated sheltering places for small animals in a parklike setting. Though the building bears the inscription “Manning Memorial Shelter,” its primary function throughout its life was as a golf course clubhouse. The design invokes English Cottage and Tudor Revival motifs, which were seen as a suitable fit with picturesquely designed, naturalistic landscapes. The building is rustic in the sense that its details reflect handcraft and harmonious inconsistencies in the way materials are combined. Although the original locker room end of the building was removed due to slippage of the riverbank, this small building continues in use as Edgewood Chalet, a winter warming house and gathering place. In 2009, golf course clubhouse functions were relocated to a nearby newly constructed building by JLG Architects.
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Edgewood Golf Course Clubhouse, Manning Memorial Shelter
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