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Medina City Hall/Auditorium

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1940, Gilbert R. Horton. 104 2nd Ave. SW
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Like the Steele City Hall and Auditorium (KD3) and Wishek Civic Auditorium (MT7), the Medina City Hall/Auditorium adapted Moderne design to a local material. Rock for the walls of the WPA-funded building was gathered from a twenty-mile radius, and forty-five men were employed to split and shape the rocks. Late in his life, architect Horton spoke proudly of working with local stonemasons to teach laborers the methods of splitting those rocks. The stones on the upper part of the facade are organized in a geometric pattern rather than regular courses. The building’s arched facade features a geometrically ornamented band that breaks the parapet, canopied entrance doors flanked by fieldstone pilasters, and windows organized into sets of two. The well-maintained building, updated for accessibility, continues in use for city elections, gymnastics, and as a place for walking exercise.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Medina City Hall/Auditorium", [Medina, 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, 215-215.

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