The Steele City Hall and Auditorium is one in a series of fieldstone auditoriums or civic buildings by Horton (MT7, SN12). Local groups have invested in its maintenance and in modernizing the building’s systems to allow its use as a local museum and public meeting space. The auditorium hall is a longspan concrete structure with exterior walls of precisely fitted fieldstones trimmed in cast stone. Nearby, the Italianate Kidder County Courthouse (1883; 120 Broadway E) has served as a courthouse longer than any other in the state. The courthouse is the product of town builder Wilbur F. Steele, who in the hope of having the state capitol located here erected the three-story building for that purpose. Steele lost out to Bismarck, and he sold his building in 1885 to the county for use as a courthouse.
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Steele City Hall and Auditorium
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