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Press Release - State Historic Preservation Board to Meet

Contact: Lorna Meidinger

State Historic Preservation Board to Meet

BISMARCK Ė The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Project Room at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The meeting is open to the public.The board reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) prior to their submission to the Keeper of the NRHP for official consideration.

St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake was designed by Joseph A. Shannon in the Late Gothic Style and built in 1930. Shannon began practicing in Devils Lake in 1906 and was one of the first architects licensed to practice architecture in North Dakota after the law passed in 1917. Shannon was prominent in the Devils Lake area, very involved in the profession as president of the North Dakota State Board of Architecture. St. Olaf Lutheran Church is a very different design from his main body of work.

Sometimes historic buildings are remodeled so they no longer closely resemble the style during their period of historical significance. That is the case with the Slope County Courthouse (original) in Amidon. The board will consider recommending removal of this property from the National Register.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nationís list of properties considered worthy of preservation. The documentation process for listing demonstrates that resource is significant in some aspect of the nationís history. 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 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.

For more information, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at (701) 328-2089.

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