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North Dakota Museum of Art (Women’s West Gymnasium)

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Women’s West Gymnasium
1907, Joseph Bell DeRemer; 1996 adaptation, JLG Architects

Adaptation of this building may be one of those rare occasions where the renovation is more successful in both function and aesthetics than it was in its original form. Built for use as a gymnasium, it is a modest, gable-roofed variant of Collegiate Gothic. The brick body of the building emerges from a rusticated brick foundation. Windows are organized into sets, and brick quoins and ornamental keystones embellish the upper stories, which culminate in bracketed eaves, and a curved gable is over the entrance transept. With the introduction of modern mechanical systems and energy efficient glazing, the former gymnasium now accommodates the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) at the edge of the university’s fine arts portion of the campus.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "North Dakota Museum of Art (Women’s West Gymnasium)", [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, 81-81.

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