Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery

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Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Norway Lutheran Church (Denbigh, ND).jpg
Norway Lutheran Church in 1912
Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery is located in North Dakota
Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery is located in the US
Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Nearest city Denbigh, North Dakota
Coordinates 48°10′56″N 100°36′51″W / 48.18222°N 100.61417°W / 48.18222; -100.61417Coordinates: 48°10′56″N 100°36′51″W / 48.18222°N 100.61417°W / 48.18222; -100.61417
Area 4.4 acres (1.8 ha)
Built 1907
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 94001216[1]
Added to NRHP October 14, 1994

The Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery are located 10 miles south of Denbigh, North Dakota and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1994. The NRHP listing includes the main church structure, a cemetery, and two contributing privies to the west and rear of the church, all situated on a 4.4 acres (1.8 ha) site. A pyramid-shaped monument topped with an iron cross is located at the northeast corner of the cemetery and marks site of an older log church. Norwegian skier Sondre Norheim was buried in the cemetery in 1897.[1][2]

The church was built in 1907 with sand bricks from the Denbigh Brick Plant. The church was designed in a Late Gothic Revival style with a bell tower that reaches a height of 65 feet from the foundation. It was built on a hill above the Souris River and is visible for miles.[2]

The inclusion of the site on the NRHP was based on its historic integrity, its being "one of the best and well-maintained examples of a rural church" on the North Dakota prairie, and the use of bricks rather than wood in the construction of the church.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Lillian Espeseth; Stanley Markusen & Ramon Anderson. "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying photos