John W. Ross (North Dakota architect)
John W. Ross (1848–1914) was the first licensed architect in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He designed many buildings in eastern North Dakota, including the 1901 Gothic revival St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw and the Larimore City Hall, which was built in 1890.
He was born in Germany in 1848, "was brought to America by his parents when a lad of but four summers", and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He studied architecture under Charles Ross, a leading architects in La Crosse. John W. Ross died in Grand Forks in 1914.
Ross designed numerous buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are preserved. His works include:
- Larimore City Hall, Block 64, bounded by Towner, 3rd, Terry and Main, Larimore, ND (Ross, J.W.)
- Goose River Bank, 45 Main St. E, Mayville, ND (Ross, John W.)
- One or more properties in St. Stanislaus Church Historic District, off I-29, Warsaw, ND (Ross, John W.)
- Wells County Courthouse, Railway St. N, Fessenden, ND (Ross, John W.)
- Grand Forks City Hall, 404 N. 2nd Ave., Grand Forks, ND (Ross, John W.) This building "is pure Beaux Arts. Rather small in scale and only two storys over a raised basement, the City Hall is faced with ashlar and was similar in mass, style, and materials to the recently razed Carnegie Library which was located nearby.":5
- Grand Forks Woolen Mills, 301 N. 3rd St., Grand Forks, ND (Ross, John W.)
- Amos and Lillie Plummer House, 306 W. Caledonia Ave., Hillsboro, ND (Ross, John W.)
- Rudolf Hotel, Central Ave. and 2nd St., Valley City, ND (Ross, John W.)
- Pisek School, E end of Main St. at Lovick Ave., Pisek, ND (Ross, John)
- Renovation of second floor of Finks and Gokey Block, Grand Forks, ND
- Attributed as probable architect of Grand Forks Mercantile Building, Grand Forks, ND, 1898, Early Commercial
- Lauren McCroskey (February 6, 1990). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Larimore City Hall / Larimore Opera House". National Park Service. and Accompanying four photos, exterior, from 1989
- Marilyn J. Chiat, America's Religious Architecture: Sacred Places for Every Community (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), ISBN 978-0-471-14502-8, pp.201ff. Excerpt available at Google Books.
- Clement A Lounsberry. North Dakota history and people; outlines of American history (Volume 3). p. 106. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Norene Roberts and Joe Roberts (November 30, 1981). "National Register of Historic Places: Downtown Grand Forks MRA". National Park Service.
- C. Kudzia, Norene and Joe Roberts, and Gary Henricksen (September, 1981). "North Dakota Cultural Resources Survey: Finks and Gokey Block". National Park Service. and Accompanying four photos, exterior, from 1981
- Peg O'Leary (January 14, 2004). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Grand Forks Mercantile Building 1898". National Park Service. and Accompanying 21 photos, exterior and interior, from 1993 and 2004 (see photo captions pages 19–20 of text document)
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