Stark County Courthouse – Dickinson ND


The Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson, ND was built as a Public Works Administration (PWA) project in 1937. The PWA supplied a $93,280 grant for the project (PWA Docket No. N.D. 1043-R). Short and Brown’s PWA publication of 1939 describes the building:

“This structure is three stories and a basement in height and is rectangular in plan. The second and third stories are set back from the outer walls of the first story, except at the main entrance.

The basement contains an auditorium, committee and recreation rooms, office for the county engineer, vaults, and storage space. On the first floor are offices for the county judge, auditory, commissioners, treasurer, superintendent of schools, registrar of deeds, county nurse, and work space and vaults. A large courtroom and offices for the district judge, clerk, sheriff, attorney, and court reporter are on the second floor as well as jury rooms and vaults. On the third floor are separate cell blocks for men and women, rooms for the matron and jailer, and a kitchen.

The building is of fire-resistive construction and the exterior walls are light-colored brick with stone trim. It was completed in June 1937 at a construction cost of $191,708 and a project cost of $207,487.”

The building still stands, and is “one of nine modernistic-style courthouses built in the state during the Great Depression.” (

Source notes

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).

Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 151.

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Location Info

51 3rd St. East
Dickinson, ND 58601

Coordinates: 46.882273, -102.784382

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