For many people outside the state, North Dakota conjures visions
of a remote, sparse, and seemingly inhospitable landscape, replete
with ghost towns, scattered farmsteads, and settings reminiscent of
the movie Fargo. Yet beyond this facile image lies a spectacular
array of high-style, vernacular, ethnic, and modern buildings, a
pragmatic architecture that reflects the setting and settlers of
the Great Plains. A distinct "prairie mosaic" of houses,
homesteads, and rural churches draws on the cultures of Germans
from Russia, Norwegians, and Icelanders, and varied Native American
groups such as the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. North Dakota's
architectural heritage is complemented by more contemporary work
dating from Progressive-era boom times and the New Deal to the
present. This volume, with more than 400 entries illustrated by 250
photographs and 17 maps, provides the first comprehensive overview
of the state, from Pembina and Walhalla to the Badlands. This
richly diverse legacy includes earthlodges and Eastern Orthodox
churches, powwow grounds and campmeeting grounds, and varied
settings from the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic
Site to the International Peace Garden. The cast of characters is
equally compelling, among them Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark, the
Marquis de Mores, Theodore Roosevelt, Lawrence Welk, Peggy Lee, and
regional and international architects working in a range of styles
and traditions, from Marcel Breuer to Surrounded-by-Enemy.
A volume in the Buildings of the United States series of the
Society of Architectural Historians
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