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What properties in North Dakota are listed in the National Register of Historic Places?

The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office does maintain an online, searchable database of listed properties since the National Park Service maintains the National Register of Historic Places database. The official database is typically about one year behind in posting the nominations and can be accessed here:

For a basic search:

  • For all properties listed in North Dakota, leave the "Resource Name" field blank and only fill in the State
  • For all properties listed in a specific county in North Dakota, leave the "Resource Name" field blank but fill in State and County
  • To search for a specific site, enter one part of the resource name. For example, enter "bridge" to search for Sorlie Bridge in Grand Forks, or enter "Mansion" to search for the Former Governor's Mansion (officially known as the Former Executive Mansion), in Bismarck

For now, resources that are within a listed historic district are not searchable. If you want to check if a North Dakota property is within an historic district, please call the National Register Coordinator at 701.328.2089 and have the property's street address or legal address (Township, Range, and Section) at hand.

North Dakota Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017:

Sons of Jacob Cemetery
Sons of Jacob Cemetery

George and Beth Anderson House
George and Beth Anderson House

Mandan High School
Mandan High School

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

Aerial view of Manfred
Manfred Historic District

Dease-Martineau House
Dease-Martineau House

The Sons of Jacob Cemetery near Garske in Ramsey County is the oldest cemetery for a Jewish agricultural community in North Dakota and is the only site remaining from the Garske Colony. Within this cemetery, there are stones with traditional Jewish funerary symbols and inscriptions but also uncommon homemade grave markers.

The George and Beth Anderson House along the Red River in Fargo is a 1959 Wrightian house that is significant at the statewide level for its architecture. After Frank Lloyd Wright turned down the commission because of his already overbooked schedule, he recommended the Andersons work with Elizabeth Wright Ingraham and Gordon Ingraham of Colorado Springs, CO, his granddaughter and her husband who had studied at Taliesin. The Ingrahams ultimately designed three homes in the Fargo-Moorhead area but the Anderson House is the only one of those three remaining.

Mandan High School, more recently known as Mandan Junior High School, is being nominated at the local level for its architecture, with the original buildings designed by Gilbert R. Horton in 1917 and 1924 in the Tudor/Collegiate Gothic Style. Subsequent additions were designed by three different North Dakota architecture firms. Since the original building and each addition demonstrates the thoughts regarding the best educational environment for children at the time, the school is also significant for its ability to tell the story of education in Mandan. At times, the property housed a high school, a junior high school, and an elementary school.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lakota was designed by George Hancock with close collaboration from Bishop William D. Walker and built between 1884 and 1886. This stone church is an excellent example of the High Victorian Gothic/Second Gothic Revival architectural style. In addition to its architecture, this church represents the progressive cultural presence of the British gentry who promoted the town and sponsored the building of the first school in Lakota along with this church.

The village of Manfred in Wells County was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places as the Manfred Historic District because it is an excellent example of an agricultural town that showcases both the rise and decline that was common of rural towns across the state. Many of Manfred's historic buildings are being preserved in an effort by Manfred History and Preservation, Inc. to maintain "An authentic settlers' community celebrating rural America."

The Dease-Martineau House, Trading Post, and Oxcart Trail Historic District near Leroy has log buildings built using "Red River construction" techniques and includes segments of oxcart trails. John W. Dease, Jr. had the post built and operated it not only as a trading post, but also as a meeting place that hosted many important figures in the region from 1868 until the 1890s. The property came into the hands of the French and Métis Martineau family around 1900 and they transitioned the surrounding land for farming. The Martineau family preserved the property for most of the 20th century.

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