This is what I believe to be the Masonic Cottage, where infected Freemasons would be treated together and enjoy some simple luxuries because of their social connections. Freemasonry is still popular in North Dakota.
I really liked the bulky pillars on this outer-ring cottage.
A typical narrow hallway at Birtle.
Carter Color used to occupy this block.
An unintentional skylight makes the inside of the office glow, showing the inside of the front door and its strange lock.
These stairs connected some small main-level offices with one of the main sewing rooms above. Because the roof on this building was strong, it was pretty well preserved–look at those colors. Through the open fire door on the left, though, you can see that the roof has given out.
An unplanned skylight. It’s unclear why some parts of the building had wooden roofing, while others were highly reinforced with brick.
A blue chair in a blue room
Above my head while taking this picture was the seal of the Department of the Interior.
An elevator to bring big somethings into the basement, it seemed. Nearby were the plant firetrucks, still ready to go. I hope they were saved.