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Old Irvin Hotel

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1915. 120 S. Central Ave.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Though the former Irvin Hotel stands vacant and unused, there is such an overwhelming demand for housing as a result of the oil boom in the second decade of the twenty-first century that it is a viable candidate for rehabilitation. Originally offering fifteen rooms alongside the GN tracks and just off the town square, the three-story brick Irvin was a full-service hotel with restaurant until the 1960s. The building stands on a sloping site and the slope is accentuated by a darker-colored brick base. The cornice line and parapets are modestly ornamented in a simplified crenellated motif. In its heyday the hotel served, among others, United Commercial Travelers (UCT salespersons) visiting Kenmare by passenger train with suitcases of sales goods to offer local merchants.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Old Irvin Hotel", [Kenmare, 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, 143-143.

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