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Dinnie Apartments and Row Houses

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1903, Dinnie Brothers, builders. 102–108 4th Ave. S
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Most of Grand Forks historic southside houses are single-family residences, but a collection of multiple-family dwellings and apartments, constructed between 1903 and 1930, is found toward the north end of the residential district, nearer the commercial zone. The Dinnie Apartments were constructed by brothers John and James Dinnie, one of the largest contractor partnerships in the state of North Dakota. These unpretentious brick row houses are fronted by a continuous porch carried on classical columns with shallow pediments marking the entrances. Grand Forks supported two major brickyards, which supplied most of the brick used in the city’s buildings from 1879 to 1930. Following John Bartholemew, John Dinnie opened the city’s second brickyard in the 1880s. The Dinnie Apartments were financed and speculatively built by Dinnie Brothers for working-class families.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Dinnie Apartments and Row Houses", [Grand Forks, 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, 77-77.

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