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Oakes National Bank Block

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1908–1909, Buechner and Orth; R. K. Hafsos, builder. 501 Main Ave.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Organized by two farmer-investors from Iowa and Ohio, the Oakes National Bank Company constructed this building with the intention of selling portions of it to other businesses. Like the Klein and Sutmar Block (DI8), this block was built during a period of diverse design explorations. In this case, the most prominent feature of the Romanesque Revival design is the row of fifteen arches that stride across the second-story windows on two sides of this corner building, and above ten of the street-level windows and corner entrance. The second-story arches are of limestone, elliptical in shape with prominent keystones, and enclose herringbone brickwork above Chicago windows. A parapet with stone coping projects above the classical cornice. Retail businesses and a movie theater occupy the ground story, and the upper level is used for office and residential space.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Oakes National Bank Block", [Oakes, 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, 219-219.

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