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Ellendale Baptist Church

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c. 1915. 208 1st St. S
  • (Photograph by R. H. L. M. Ramsay)
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This eclectic church designed by an unidentified South Dakota architect is hard to categorize stylistically. Its design draws on the church it replaced, an Akron-plan building with Gothic architectural motifs. This replacement is a bit smaller in scale but more grandiose in style. It repeats the plan and the medieval pageantry in its brick machicolations and corbeling. The facade is composed of three equally spaced prominent towers capped by diminutive pediments, glazed brick medallions, and raised corner blocks. The principal entrance to the sanctuary is through a projecting vestibule on the right side of the facade between two of the towers, and an entrance to the fellowship hall is to the left in the base of a tower. Elaborate stained glass may be a remnant from the earlier church. The unusual architectural design seems to reflect the self-expression of the local congregation.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Ellendale Baptist Church", [Ellendale, 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, 217-218.

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