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Sheridan County Courthouse

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1938–1939, Ira Rush Sr. 215 2nd St. E
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Historically, the Sheridan County Courthouse brought an end to contentious local political rivalries. Citizens in nearby Goodrich, agitators for relocation of the county seat to their town since county incorporation in 1908, finally acquiesced after federal funds were invested in the courthouse. The symmetrical five-bay courthouse has the rather severe Moderne appearance characteristic of PWA-funded buildings. Embellished minimally by fluted spandrels and embossed dentils in the cornice band, the building’s name is incised on the cornice, and the date, 19–39, can be seen atop the two pilasters flanking the flush entrance. Constructed of monolithic site-cast concrete, the exterior and the interior courtroom of this modest building are important as a marker for frugality and Depression-era federal work relief in a resource-starved county.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Sheridan County Courthouse", [McClusky, 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, 114-114.

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