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Grand Forks Central High School

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1914–1917, William J. Edwards; 1927 gymnasium, Joseph Bell DeRemer; 1936 auditorium, Samuel Teel DeRemer. 115 N. 4th St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Prominently located in the commercial center, Central High School was the last of three major Beaux-Arts civic or institutional buildings constructed in downtown. Edwards, an immigrant from Ontario, Canada, designed the school as a well-proportioned classical composition on a substantial stone base. Giant-order columns frame the entrance portico ornament and rise to a cornice band that wraps the building. Windows are grouped in pairs to give the building a well-balanced rhythm. Joseph Bell DeRemer, whose early work tended toward the neoclassical, added a major gymnasium component in 1927 after Edwards’s death. Newspaper accounts from the 1930s credit the design and supervision of the separate Art Deco auditorium to Samuel Teel DeRemer, son and successor of the elder DeRemer’s firm. Extensive repairs to this building after the 1997 flood successfully preserved the historic architectural fabric, and in 2011 the North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognized the building with their Test of Time award.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Grand Forks Central High School", [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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