Education & Public Outreach

Commissioners and staff have some expertise in preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings. If you are contemplating changes or restoration work, we will be happy to help you discover the best way to complete your work while retaining the architectural significance of your historic property. Please call our office to discuss the proposed work.

The Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission installs informational plaques and interpretive panels recognizing lost buildings, historic neighborhoods, people, events and other historic assets. If you are in the downtown area, you may see some of these along S. Third St, Town Square, the Greenway and on the site of some buildings lost in the flood and fire of 1997.

Grand Forks 150th
In 1874, Grand Forks County was officially established and land sales were formalized. 1881 saw the official incorporation of the City marking a second landmark date for celebration.

As the Commission prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, we are collaborating with the University of North Dakota Department of History to issue 150 historic facts in 150 words. The ultimate goal is to publish these together as a souvenir publication. In the meantime, we will share them on our Facebook page as they are developed.

Granitoid installation, Kannowski Park
Charles Thurber Memorial plaque overlooking the historic Great Northern Railway bridge.
Near Northside Neighborhood informational panel
Empire Arts Center
Masonic Temple, Bruce Ave
City Hall, built 1911.
Stratford Building
Deaconess’ Hospital; ca. 1910
1913 Grand Forks County Courthouse
Viets Hotel, also known as Hall Apartments, 311 S. Third St, ca. 1970s Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, UND
Grand Forks County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, UND