You are here

Stanley City Hall and Fire Station

-A A +A
1940, Edwin W. Molander. 80 2nd Ave. SE
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Combination fire station/municipal buildings were commonplace in smaller North Dakota communities during the Great Depression. The scale and financial requirements for buildings like this one were well suited as federal work relief projects in rural communities. This city hall shows more architectural aspiration than many comparable buildings, reflecting the design effort of Molander, a young architect from Minot who began his career at the onset of the Great Depression. The building, slated for demolition, has the austere classical features typical of federally funded projects of the time, including a shallow rotunda/cupola and swag motifs in the spandrels. Modernist influences are evident in the overhanging roof, window trim, and glass-block windows on the main floor.

Writing Credits

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


What's Nearby


Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Stanley City Hall and Fire Station", [Stanley, 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, 156-156.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.