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Legacy Living at Central Place (Williston High School)

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Williston High School
1934, Joseph Bell DeRemer; 2013 renovation, Michael J. Burns. 612 1st Ave W
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

This school is an early example of the influence of Art Deco on North Dakota architecture. In an innovative educational approach for its time, specialized classrooms were designed for home economics, science, mechanic arts, and public speaking. Responding to a statewide “Better Schools” movement, the building makes extensive use of interior daylighting, fireproof construction, and improved natural ventilation. The building is entered through a lantern-like tower that contains an open staircase serving two classroom wings, with an elaborate tiered-seat auditorium toward the rear.

The school was renovated and adapted as an assisted living elderly apartment complex. The renovation included restoration of the Art Deco tracery in the entrance transom, replacement windows that restore the delicacy of historic multiple-light glazing, and retaining such interior features as locker bays, plaster work, and classroom chalkboards.

Writing Credits

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


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Legacy Living at Central Place (Williston High School)", [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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