This postcard isn't in my collection, but I wish it was. I love this 1930s (I guess?) view of the Hotel Ryan. I think the graphics and coloring of the card are so charming. I also think the "fireproof" statement is a little comical. If I remember correctly there were several mysterious fires in downtown hotels at one time. Does anybody else remember hearing that?
According to Special Collections at the Chester Fritz Library, the Hotel Ryan was designed by prominent local architect Joseph Bell DeRemer. The library provides some very good background of DeRemer's work and his two periods of building design in Grand Forks. The first period, from 1902 to 1912, included many Classical and Renaissance Revival style buildings: the old Grand Forks Public Library (torn down for parking garage), the Ontario Store (later Griffith's Department Store), the Corliss Block (now Avante), the Widlund Block, the Masonic Temple, the New Hampshire Apartments, the Elks Lodge, and the Central High School Gym. The second period, which started in 1919, included buildings in the Art Deco and Art Modern styles: Whitey's, the Hotel Ryan, United Lutheran Church, the administration building for the Grand Forks Municipal Airport, and the Grand Forks County Courthouse addition. DeRemer also designed many buildings at UND and the North Dakota State Capitol. Talk about leaving an impact on the city and the state!