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.
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Stanley City Hall and Fire Station
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