Creator

Stanley Johnson

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Date of Work

Circa 1915

Description

The front (west) side of the President's House. Three children occupy the front steps. Four large pillars front the house with a large porch and a second floor balcony. Macnie Hall is seen to the south with a woman sitting on its steps. 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.

Subject

Buildings -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks; Universities & colleges -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

Macnie Hall (Grand Forks, N.D.); University of North Dakota

People Depicted

Merrifield, Webster, 1852-1916

Rights

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

Keywords

Oxford House, Children, Macnie Hall, President's House, College presidents - Dwellings, Children, Stairs, College buildings, Trees, Women, Columns

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