June 26, 2020
North Dakota Properties Listed in National Register of Historic Places
BISMARCK, N.D. – A chapel and a power plant 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. North Dakota nominations are coordinated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel on the University of Mary campus in Bismarck is significant because it is the work of the master architect Marcel Breuer, world renowned for his role in establishing the Bauhaus School in Germany and for his unique approach to modernist architecture. For Breuer himself, the chapel was among his favorite designs, and the one he dubbed “his jewel on the prairie.” The chapel’s design was exquisitely crafted, incorporating many of the features that define Breuer’s philosophy of design: varied materials for texture, windows for light and shade, colored glass for color, and incorporating the setting of the prairie landscape, as evidenced by the locally sourced fieldstone used in construction. Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel, completed in 1963, maintains its historic integrity, representative of the values of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Priory, today the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery.
The Harvey Power Plant is located at the southeast edge of Harvey. Completed in 1930, it was the city’s first and only substantial electrical power generation facility, providing electrical power to Harvey and much of Wells County for twenty-four years before its closure in 1954. The Harvey Power Plant served the Harvey area for over two decades until the consolidation of electricity production facilities and the construction of larger power plants nearby made the Harvey Power Plant obsolete.
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 require establishing times 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 adverse effects in federally assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.
For more information about the National Register program in North Dakota, contact Architectural Historian Lorna Meidinger at 701.328.2089 or find information online at history.nd.gov.
Lorna Meidinger, 701.328.2089
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