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University of North Dakota (UND)

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1883–present; 1907 master plan, Patton and Miller; 1922 master plan, Morell and Nichols; 1958 master plan updated. Bounded roughly by N. Columbia and Campus rds., 42nd St., and 6th Ave. N

The older section of the University of North Dakota campus that lies to the east between N. Columbia Road and English Coulee is a unified complex with extensive landscaping, planned open spaces, and historically important relationships between the buildings. English Coulee flows through the campus and has been a unifying natural feature since the university’s founding. The campus was reached by streetcar service from 1904 through the 1930s. Most buildings are of red brick with limestone trim and are mainly in variations of Collegiate Gothic. Buildings can be grouped according to the periods of the university’s growth, with the early period (1883–1909) generally in the southwest part of the campus near University Drive and English Coulee. Buildings constructed from 1910 through the Great Depression are mostly south of the university president’s house (Oxford House), and a third group of buildings representing post-World War II expansion to the west are generally less sympathetic to the campus’s historical architecture. A small and cohesive grouping of buildings to the north of University Avenue was originally constructed as Wesley College, which incorporated into UND in the 1960s. Dormitories and fraternity and sorority houses line the north side of University Avenue to the west.

Writing Credits

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

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