You are here

Richland Elementary School (Abercrombie School)

-A A +A
Abercrombie School
1938, S. Marius Houkom for Braseth and Houkom. 106 Broadway

This Streamline Moderne school of reinforced concrete features vertical ribbed buttresses that are a counterpoint to the wraparound horizontal bands cast into the concrete. Shallow vertical fluting ornaments the spandrels, parapet, and pilasters flanking the entrance. The wraparound motif is especially evident where corner windows once existed (now filled in) and at the slender canopies and vertical stair tower that mark the entrance. This sophisticated design has generally been well maintained through its continued educational use. There were once several schools in this architecturally distinctive mode on the North Dakota landscape.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Richland Elementary School (Abercrombie School)", [Abercrombie, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/ND-01-RI5.

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, 56-56.

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.

, ,