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Two in Fargo and Oakes, ND

July 25, 2017

The First Presbyterian church in Fargo was built circa 1905 from plans by local architect M. E. Beebe and was demolished in the 1920s to make room for the new Federal Building. the tree obscures a side S.S. entry that betokens an A-A plan.

Beebe is an interesting regional character who practiced in Fargo-Moorhead from 1899 until about 1910 or 1911, moving to San Diego for his sunset years. There is a Methodist church in Oakes — some distance southwest of Fargo and technically in the market area of Aberdeen, South Dakota — so it’s a stretch to think that Beebe could also have done the church in Oakes. He did other work in that part of the state, however, and the Methodist  building could have been a spin-off. Then again, there was a very good architect in Aberdeen, J. W. Henry, who also poached on our side of the state line.

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