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LaMoure County Courthouse

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1907–1909, Buechner and Orth. 4th Ave. NE at 2nd St. NE

Typical of the thirteen Buechner and Orth courthouses in the state, this Beaux-Arts classical building is distinguished by its elegant proportions and is similar to Foster (FO1) and Traill (1805) county courthouses. The three-story building is fronted by a full-height pedimented portico with paired Corinthian columns flanked by paired stone pilasters. The metal-covered dome rises from a tall octagonal drum that has slender, paired columns at each angle. Eight bull’s-eye windows pierce the dome, which is also articulated by exaggerated ribbing and a ball finial. First-floor windows are hooded, with a corbeled arch and exaggerated keystones. The courtroom contains extensive stenciling on walls just below a deeply coffered and highly enriched ceiling, and murals decorate the second-floor landing and auditor’s office. Buechner and Orth found great popular acceptance of their Beaux-Arts Classical designs in the aftermath of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. With convenient travel on the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railway lines, from 1904 to 1919 they liberally applied the style and formalist planning principles to courthouses statewide.

Writing Credits

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



Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "LaMoure County Courthouse", [LaMoure, 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, 215-215.

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