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North Side Entrance, Minard Hall, North Dakota Agricultural College
North Side Entrance, Minard Hall, North Dakota Agricultural College
TitleNorth Side Entrance, Minard Hall, North Dakota Agricultural College
Date of Original1930-03-31
DescriptionView of the north side entrance to Minard Hall.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectColleges & Universities
Subject (LCTGM)Buildings
Organization NameNorth Dakota State University - Buildings
Minard Hall (Fargo, N.D.)
LocationFargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Negative NumberB254c
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original13 x 18 cm.
Publisher of OriginalNorth Dakota Agricultural College (Fargo, N.D.)
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Transcription"Science Hall"
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title supplied by staff.
Biography/HistoryMinard Hall, originally named Science Hall, was to be built in three stages as building funds became available. It was noted in the 1902-03 NDAC Catalog that this first section cost about $25, 000. "This new building is 68x80 feet in size of ground plan, three stories high and furnishes commodious quarters for the departments of biology, geology, horticulture and mathematics. The entire building is finished with quarter-sawed oak, is well lighted and ventilated and is one of the most artistic buildings on campus. Science Hall, when completed, will be 80 feet deep and 224 feet long and its central structure four stories high" (NDAC Catalog, 1902-03, p. 13).
The second stage added a fourth floor, for which a museum was planned. It also added an arched central entry flanked by two large engaged pilasters. A gabled roof capped this central entry, with dormers at each side of it. In the Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Board of Regents, NDAC, 1918, it was reported: "There is at present time being erected the central part of Science Hall, one wing having been previously built. The part now under construction is 92x66 feet, four stories, and furnishes much needed class room facilities. One floor will be used ultimately for the Dept. of Geology, which for the past few years has been discontinued because of lack of proper facilities; laboratory and class room being unavailable in the institution. The fourth floor space will be devoted to museum purposes, now wholly lacking at the College. This addition will cost approximately $60, 000, the funds for which were appropriated by the Legislature at the last session."
The third and final addition to Minard Hall was built in 1929-1930. The north wing was intended to be an exact duplicate of the original south wing, but instead it seems that it follows more closely to the central wing. The north wing does duplicate the semi-circular bay at the center of the east facade, however the semi-circular bay is lacking on the north facade.
As part of the Commencement in June 1951, Science Hall was rededicated and named Minard Hall in honor of Dean A.E. Minard, who gave 46 years of service to the College. The College hymn, the words of which were written by Dean Minard, was sung at this time (Beacon Across the Prairie, p. 200).
External ResourceSee also NDSU Archives Building History web site:
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, University Archives
Repository CollectionNDSU University Archives Glass Negative Collection
Credit LineUniversity Archives, NDSU, Fargo (GPN B254c)
Rights ManagementCopyright held by the University Archives.
Digital IDua000530
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