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Barber Building

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1918, attributed to Arthur Van Horn. Main St. at 1st St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Nine years after Marmarth’s Opera House of 1909 was destroyed by fire, developer F. O. Barber, a bonanza wool grower and philanthropist, immediately set about constructing an even more elaborate building. Now closed and defenestrated, this building with its high-style pretense characterizes the exuberant aspirations of a frontier community. The two-story brick and sandstone building blends Classical Revival features with a bracketed cornice and a crenellated parapet, which gives it a strong presence. Meinecke Builders constructed the building.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Barber Building", [Marmarth, 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, 178-178.

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