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Park River City Auditorium

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1938, attributed to Theodore B. Wells. 504 Briggs Ave. S
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This Moderne WPA-funded auditorium built of site-cast concrete features a recessed entrance where the walls step in to simulate fluted piers. The spandrel panels are patterned with vertical lines, as is the frieze that wraps the parapet. The building survives unaltered, except for replacement windows, and is an excellent showpiece for the design principles of WPA work in civic and public architecture.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Park River City Auditorium", [Park River, 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, 93-93.

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