Landmark IHC Building Razed

| July/August 1993

  • International Harvester Company building
    The following comes from E.G. Harrington, 505 24th St. NW, Minor, ND 58701.

  • International Harvester Company building

'I am an antique engine collector and restorer and have approximately 20 engines of various makes. I am truly fascinated with the old engines and machinery we display at the threshing shows around North Dakota.'

Harrington sent us an article from his daily newspaper about the International Harvester Company building in Minot that was in the process of being torn down. 'A landmark with its large lettering on all sides was always special to me. I have engines in my collection that were manufactured by International Harvester from 1915 until 1945. I expect that many of them could have come through the warehouse in Minot. This was most likely the main warehouse for northwestern North Dakota.' The article, entitled 'Lost Landmarks: Downtown Losing Old IH Building,' was written by Kent Olson, Staff Writer for the Minot Daily News.

It tells how the building, erected late in 1910, was being demolished to create additional parking space.

'Chicago-based International Harvester Co. has had a presence in Minot since 1903 and expanded with the community making it a district headquarters in 1948. The building served as a sales and parts center in a period when area farmers made the transition from horse-drawn field equipment to gasoline tractors.

'Marks from the steel cleats of the first tractors used locally were still visible on the building's hardwood floor. The building had been placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1985, an example of Renaissance Revival' architecture.'