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Plainsman Apartments (Plainsman Downtown Hotel)

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Plainsman Downtown Hotel
1952. 19 4th St. E
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This five-story hotel was built in response to the region’s first substantial oil boom. Reportedly it was built within weeks after the discovery of oil on the basis of a stock offering that attracted eleven hundred local investors. The International Style hotel is constructed in two colors of contrasting brick to emphasize the horizontal bands of windows, and is adorned only by a shallow wraparound canopy and the vertical illuminated sign with the hotel’s name. Northwestern North Dakota again struggles with the need for residential accommodation in its current oil boom. In 1985, this former hotel was renovated for residential apartments.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Plainsman Apartments (Plainsman Downtown Hotel)", [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, 148-148.

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