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The Stone Bank Project is a community-based nonprofit effort to restore and re-use this landmark building on Bottineau's Main Street.
Canadian and Scottish stone masons joined Bottineau's pioneers to construct this building in the last six months of 1900. They hand cut and picked the stone from the nearby Turtle Mountains, where glaciers had carried it from the Canadian Rockies.
The building first housed Bottineau County Bank, which failed in 1923, but it was expanded in the 1930s and held several other businesses throughout the 20th century. Then upkeep costs led to its deterioration and abandonment.
The city threatened to condemn and raze it. In 2011, several community members formed a nonprofit organization, Touchstones, Inc., to save and restore this Richardsonian Romanesque marvel.
They raised funds to remove asbestos and put a new roof over most of the building, but they had to disassemble the back 20 feet of it to construct a solid foundation and add a handicap entrance, lift and bathroom.
To complete that work, we've raised grants, but they require matching funds from individuals such as you! Please use the PayPal link on our home screen to make a tax-deductible donation and help turn this Main Street gem into a cafe with a meeting room and office space. Thanks!