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Press Release - North Dakota Property Listed in National Register of Historic Places

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2014
Contact: Lorna Meidinger

North Dakota Property Listed in National Register of Historic Places

BISMARCK – A modern building and the Works Progress Administration features at a state historic site have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.

Theodore Wells was a prominent architect in Grand Forks. A few years after Myron Denbrook joined the firm, the Wells-Denbrook Architects Office Building in Grand Forks was built in 1954. The office reflects the changing tastes of the public after WWII and is considered a key transitional design as efficiency and expression through materials, rather than ornamentation, came into fashion.

The Depression Era Work Relief Construction Features at Double Ditch Indian Villages State Historic Site near Bismarck consist of the stone features and shelter built by the Works Progress Administration between 1937 and 1939 to mark the recently acquired historic site. All of the features were constructed using granite erratic boulders found in the area and demonstrate the craftsmanship of the time period.

Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restrict the use or sale of the property, or establish times requiring that the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from federally-assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.

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