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Devils Lake Central Middle School (Devils Lake Central High School)

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Devils Lake Central High School
1936, John Marshall and Nairne W. Fisher. 325 7th St. NE
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)
  • Devils Lake War Memorial building (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Prominently visible from the commercial district as the terminus of 4th Avenue, the PWA-funded Art Deco school was the product of an unusual architectural collaboration. Scottish-born Marshall came to Devils Lake in 1905 after working as an architect and contractor in Indiana, Nebraska, and Chicago, Illinois. Fisher, a well-known architect from St. Cloud and Bemidji, Minnesota, was invited by Marshall to collaborate on this commission because of Fisher’s substantial experience with school design. The two architects also partnered on the Devils Lake War Memorial building (1934; 510 4th Avenue NE). At the time of his death in 1949, Marshall was reportedly the oldest architect in the state.

The school is of light-colored brick, extensively highlighted with geometric Art Deco motifs in limestone. Front windows are accented with vertically fluted limestone pilasters. An entrance stair tower provides access to a rather lavish interior with terrazzo floors, Italian and American marble, extensive ornamental plasterwork, and stylized lighting fixtures.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Devils Lake Central Middle School (Devils Lake Central High School)", [Devils Lake, 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, 103-104.

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