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Williston Old Armory

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1915–1916, Robert B. Stacy-Judd; J. G. Harding, builder. 112 4th St. E
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The former armory is representative of the once-popular medieval-inspired design for such buildings. The castle-like forms suggest strength and security consistent with military training. The brick structure consists of two stories and a full basement, and enlarged buttress piers emphasize the building’s corners and structural bays. The crenellated parapet on the front (west) and rear has been removed. A prominent, heavily machicolated turret is a distinctive feature in comparison to most North Dakota armories from around the time of World War I. Colored brick forms a semicircular arch above the two main entrances and above the windows to form a small entablature. Inside, wooden roof trusses span the large drill hall. The building is maintained by a local nonprofit for use as a banquet, reception, and meeting hall.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Williston Old Armory", [Williston, 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, 147-148.

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