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Griggs County Courthouse

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1884, F. B. Edwards; Alexander Moffat, builder. Rollin Ave. between 8th St. SW and 9th St. SE
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This is the oldest courthouse in the state still used for its original purpose. Its eclectic design incorporates unusual High Victorian Gothic details for a public building in North Dakota. The proportions are excessively tall, but the overall effect is balanced by brickwork details, pilasters, an elaborately corbeled cornice, and the square tower that anchors the front entrance. Detailing of the tower is especially fine with its triad of Romanesque arches near its top and pedimented round windows on each face of the spire.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Griggs County Courthouse", [Cooperstown, 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, 64-64.

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