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Apartment Building (St. Aloysius School)

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St. Aloysius School
1902–1905, Hancock Brothers; 1979 renovation, Michael O’Brien and David Bitz for Seth Twichell Associates. 779 Forest St. at 8th Ave. W

This former school is a good example of what can be accomplished to extend the life of even a small-scale building in a rural community. Hancock Brothers designed the school with a granite fieldstone foundation, brick walls, and sandstone belt courses. The intersecting cross-gabled roof is topped by a small bell tower with a cupola, surrounded by a balustrade and finished with a cross. In 1918, the Catholic sisters serving the school initiated visits to the homes of Lisbon residents stricken by the influenza epidemic. As the epidemic subsided, the sisters became ill from the disease and were quarantined at the school, and cared for by women from the town. After the school closed in 1978, the keys and title to the building were handed over to the school’s last two graduates. Though somewhat limited in funds for building conservation, they sought architectural advice in converting the school into ten one-bedroom apartments. The building is reasonably unaltered for its new residential use, except for the west-facing porch that is more enclosed than in historic photos.

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Author: 
Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay
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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Apartment Building (St. Aloysius School)", [Lisbon, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/ND-01-RM2.

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Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 57-57.

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