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Congregational (UCC) Church, Lakota, ND

June 8, 2014


The Congregational church in Lakota was built some time prior to 1905, I think. That was the year its architect, William C. Albrant, died at the age of twenty-four. Albrant’s personal story is poignant, because Mrs Albrant (neé Gillespie) was then pregnant with the architect’s son, who would be born posthumously.

W. C. Albrant’s career was brief but promising, as demonstrated by a series of three Carnegie-era public libraries: Grandin in 1900, Valley city in 1902, and NDAC/NDSU in 1905. As a sequence they represent a young designer’s remarkable maturation. In addition to Science Hall at the AC (first phase of what became Minard Hall), he designed a number of churches and schools, including this one in Lakota, along Highway 2 between Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

The visual clue for an Albrant connection is the “two-story” dormers on the tower. Compare them with his Presbyterian church in Fergus Falls or the former Baptist church at Fargo.

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