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Press Release - State Historic Preservation Board to Meet on August 31

Contact: Lorna Meidinger
August 16, 2012
701.328.2089 or 701.328.3575

State Historic Preservation Board to Meet on August 31

BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet Friday, August 31 at 10 a.m. in the Legislative Assembly 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.

The Ambassador and President Apartments, along with the caretaker’s cottage, make up the Skarsbo Apartments in Grand Forks. They are an excellent example of 1920s apartment buildings in Grand Forks and are the only matching apartments built as a complex.

The Hariman Sanatorium was the first chiropractic hospital built for the purpose of chiropractic care in the nation. Dr. George E. Hariman’s work at this facility and his significant contributions to chiropractic practice, education, and legislation until his death in 1977 influenced the nation.

Woodrow Wilson School in Fargo is being nominated for its Collegiate Gothic design by the local architecture firm of Haxby and Braseth. The school also is a good example how design changed to meet Progressive-era education ideas. This school offered elementary classes during the day and night classes for adults in its beginning and was an alternative high school until last year.

A multiple property form for the Native American Occupation and Utilization of Ridgetops in the Little Missouri River National Grasslands of North Dakota from ca. 10,000 BP into the 19th Century AD includes two archeological districts and nine sites in McKenzie and Billings County. The information gathered and the potential to learn more provide invaluable information about how ridgetops were used for thousands of years.

An amendment to the Downtown Bismarck Historic District will extend the period of significance to 1957 and include the Cowan Building as a contributing resource. The boundaries of the district will not change.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s list of properties considered worthy of preservation.  The documentation process for listing demonstrates that resource is significant in some aspect of the nation’s history.  Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restricting 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.

For more information, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 701.328.2089.  

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