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U.S. Courthouse (U.S. Post Office and Courthouse)
This Renaissance Revival building, with its repetitive grand-order Ionic columns, balustraded parapet, and Indiana limestone exterior, originally contained post office functions, but now serves only judicial purposes. In the late 1980s there was an initiative to construct a new federal courts facility that would have eviscerated two or more blocks of N. Broadway commercial frontage. Instead a new judicial wing, named for North Dakota’s U.S. senator Quentin N. Burdick, was added to the existing building. The addition’s modernist design is appropriately sympathetic to the historic structure in a somewhat more restrained and severe manner than the original. Courtrooms are indicated by broad barrel vaults rising above the roof.
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