Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building

The Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building is a historic post office and courthouse building located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, United States. It is used as a courthouse for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The building was designed by Supervising Architect of the United States Department of the Treasury James Knox Taylor. The three-story steel-frame structure was completed in 1904 in the Renaissance Revival style. The exterior is composed of granite, brick, and limestone. The interior lobby has a floor of marble and terrazzo. The building was expanded in 1927 and 1933, which nearly doubled its size.[2] Because of poor hotel accommodations in Fegus Falls, the federal courthouse was almost relocated to Detroit Lakes in the late 1920s.[3] The River Inn was completed across the street in 1929, and it provided accommodations for judges, jurors, lawyers, and court visitors for many years. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.[1] The following year it was named for Edward James Devitt, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949, and as the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota from 1959 to 1981.

United States Post Office and Courthouse
1912FederalCourthousePostOfficeFergusFallsMN.jpg
The building before the 1927 and 1933 additions
Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building is located in Minnesota
Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building
Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building is located in the United States
Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building
Location118 S. Mill St.
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Coordinates46°16′58″N 96°04′28″W / 46.28268°N 96.074404°W / 46.28268; -96.074404Coordinates: 46°16′58″N 96°04′28″W / 46.28268°N 96.074404°W / 46.28268; -96.074404
Arealess than one acre
Built1904
ArchitectJames Knox Taylor
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival
NRHP reference #12000879[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 24, 2012

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Edward J. Devitt U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building". General Services Administration. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  3. ^ Dr. Norene A. Roberts. "River Inn". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-12-27. with photos