Harvey power plant and Bismarck chapel listed on National Register
BISMARCK -The Harvey Power Plant, located at the southeast edge of Harvey, and Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel on the University of Mary campus, Bismarck, have been added to the North Dakota properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition. North Dakota nominations are coordinated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Completed in 1930, the Harvey Power Plant was the city’s first and only substantial electrical power generation facility, providing electrical power to Harvey and much of Wells County for 24 years before its closure in 1954. The plant served the Harvey area for over two decades until the consolidation of electricity production facilities and the construction of larger power plants nearby made the plant obsolete.
Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel is significant because it is the work of master architect Marcel Breuer, world renowned for his role in establishing the Bauhaus School in Germany and for his unique approach to modernist architecture. For Breuer himself, the chapel was among his favorite designs, and the one he dubbed “his jewel on the prairie.” Completed in 1963, the chapel maintains its historic integrity, representative of the values of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Priory, today the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery.