Joseph Bell DeRemer

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Joseph Bell DeRemer (1871–1944), who lived and worked in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was one of the finest architects in North Dakota. Some of the important works produced by him or his firm, which included his son Samuel Teel DeRemer, include the President's House at the University of North Dakota, the Masonic Temple, and the Art Moderne United Lutheran Church and North Dakota State Capitol skyscraper.[1] Joseph DeRemer also designed houses in the Grand Forks Near Southside Historic District, most notably the Tudor Revival house presently located at 521 South Sixth Street off Reeves Drive. His significant works include a number of buildings that are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Bell DeRemer was born in New Jersey on September 14, 1871 and studied one year at Columbia University. He married Elizabeth M. DeRemer (1872 - February 10, 1965) in New Jersey. They were the parents of Samuel Teel DeRemer. He died on February 16, 1944, in Grand Forks[2] and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His wife and son were later buried next to him.

The DeRemers also had a daughter, Dolores, who was a pianist and married William Pendry Bidelman. The DeRemers raised their grandson, William Pendry Bidelman, who became an astronomer.[3]

Samuel Teel DeRemer[edit]

Samuel Teel DeRemer was born May 15, 1894, in New Jersey and died September 18, 1967, in Bemidji, Minnesota. He joined his father Joseph Bell DeRemer's architectural practice in 1920.[4]


Works by Joseph Bell DeRemer by year include:


  1. ^ Roberts, Dr. Norene A. (1983-06-09). "Joseph Bell DeRemer House". National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  2. ^ "papers". University of North Dakota.
  3. ^ Bond, Howard E. "William Pendry Bidelman (1918–2011)". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 129(971):1-9. January, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Stephen R. Hoffbeck (December 1990). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: United Lutheran Church". National Park Service. and Accompanying seven photos, exterior and interior, from 1946, 1974, and 1991

External links[edit]

Joseph Bell DeRemer at Find a Grave