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Property Name Swedish Zion Lutheran Church
Reference Number 13000138
State North Dakota
County Bottineau
Town Souris
Street Address Souris, ND
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 04/01/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Settlement, Ethnic heritage
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The Stone Church is significant at the local level under Criteria A for settlement and ethnic heritage and under Criteria C for architecture. The Stone Church has been celebrated as a historical landmark and a structural achievement in both local and regional newspapers (Anonymous 1954, Anonymous 1977, Kessler, Lund). Upon visiting it, a Swedish diplomat who had heard and read about the church, complimented the builders through their dedication built the stone church of granite and their children and grandchildren because it is well kept And it stands as strong as when it was built in 1903. (Solarski p.1) The church serves as a symbol of Swedish pioneer settlement recognized by the Swedish Heritage Society of NW North Dakota. Its design and structure is late Gothic revival perfected in a country church.


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