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St. John’s Block

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1890, attributed to John W. Ross. 2 N. 3rd St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Typical of the buildings constructed in downtown Grand Forks at the turn of the twentieth century is the rough-hewn stonework at the ground level and sandstone lintels of this handsome five-story Richardsonian Romanesque commercial block. The scale of the building is moderated by grouping windows into sets of three and by using the unifying stone band that ties the top story to the cornice. Romanesque Revival originally exerted an especially powerful hold on Grand Forks’ commercial architecture, and still affirms a spirit of permanence and solidity, attributes that were severely tested during the 1997 flood.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "St. John’s Block", [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, 75-75.

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