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Towner County War Memorial Hall

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1925–1927, Joseph Bell DeRemer and Samuel T. DeRemer; C. A. North, builder. 401 5th Ave.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Planning for this memorial to soldiers of World War I began in 1921. It is one of several county war memorial buildings in the state dedicated to veterans and casualties of that war. The building served as home to the American Legion, a patriotic organization formed at the end of World War I, and a large auditorium accommodated basketball, boxing, dances, and civic gatherings. The distyle in antis entrance is flanked by an entrance surround that is slightly battered, giving it an Egyptian touch. A somewhat stiff federal eagle—its stylized form adds to the Egyptian flavor—carved into the limestone pedimented parapet commemorates the building’s patriotic purpose. Small-paned windows grouped vertically are separated by a brick spandrel. The interior lobby makes extensive use of stone trim and has an elaborate metal staircase.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Towner County War Memorial Hall", [Cando, 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, 117-117.

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