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UAP 4920

Date of Work

Circa 1904


An interior view of the dining room in Oxford House. A dining table and chairs with a flower bouquet are the focal point of the room. A large hutch with glass doors stands on the right. A smaller buffet stands along the left wall. A large ornate light fixture hangs above the table. Built in 1902 for President and Mrs. Webster Merrifield, the Colonial Revival building designed by Joseph H. DeRemer cost approximately $25,000 and contained many modern conveniences. The home consists of two stories with an attic which contained a large ballroom and small bedrooms. Constructed of granite and brick, the main floor contained a large parlor, living room, refectory, President's study, kitchen, pantry and hallways. The second floor was divided into five bedrooms. The house also had three fireplaces, bathrooms on each floor, speaking tubes, a dumbwaiter, electric lights and bells and a telephone. Presidents Frank McVey, Thomas Kane, and John C. West also resided there. During George Starcher's presidency, the home became a men's dormitory, Oxford House. From 1964-1971, the Art Department occupied the home. In 1973, the house placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is home to the University Alumni Association.


Dining Room; Table and Chairs; Buffet and Hutch; Hanging Light Fixture; Globe Wall Sconce; President's House; Dining rooms; Dining room furniture; Buffets (Cookery); Electric light fixtures; College presidents - Dwellings; Sconces; Tables

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

University of North Dakota

People Depicted

Merrifield, Webster, 1852-1916


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota