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New England Veterans Memorial Auditorium

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1937, Ritterbush Brothers. 925 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This war memorial auditorium in a cleanly simplified Art Deco design is one of five federal work relief auditorium buildings completed by Ritterbush Brothers during the Great Depression. The entrance is organized around a shallow canopy supported by projecting fin walls that help to geometrically organize the large expanse of transom glazing. Translucent glazed panels are horizontally grouped into corner wraparound bands by their head and sill surrounds. The proportions are vaguely reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, and the exterior is treated as a monolithic stuccoed block pierced with windows. The original flat, unadorned cornice has been updated with a standing-seam metal sloped roof that does not compromise the original design.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "New England Veterans Memorial Auditorium", [New England, 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, 181-181.

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