Aug 3 Downtown Bismarck News

Patterson Building For Sale…

One of Downtown Bismarck’s most iconic buildings, Patterson Place, was recently reported by the Bismarck Tribune as now for sale by owner. The Patterson Place is registered under the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. First named the McKenzie Hotel, the structure was constructed by Alexander McKenzie and first opened its doors on New Year’s Day, 1911. Edward Patterson would later buy the building and rename it to the Patterson Hotel. Currently, the building is owned by Tapestry Mangement and is known as the Patterson Place, housing 117 senior living apartments. The Patterson Place, at this time, has a contract with HUD Section 8 housing, which gives the owners federally funded rent guarantees. Buyers would have seven or eight years left of the Section 8 housing contract if bought. There is no publicly advertised listing price for the property, just a request for offers.

Association News

Go! Bismarck-Mandan and BisMarket invite you to attend GO! Play at BisMarket, a free expanded market event for the community on Saturday, August 12 from 10am-2pm at Kiwanis Park/Municipal Ballpark. There will be vendors, homemade art and craft items, ready-to-eat foods and drinks, health/wellness information and interactive activities for all ages. The BisMarket community resource booth will also be collecting items to benefit the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.  Follow the “GO! Play at BisMarket event” for more information and to download a timeline of activities with event map.

More than 400 athletes, comprising 25 teams from across the United States and Canada, will converge on Bismarck-Mandan for the 2017 Special Olympics North America Softball Championship, August 18-20. This is the first time this event has been held in North Dakota. Many of these athletes will not have family or fans that are able to accompany them to Bismarck-Mandan, so volunteers are needed to fill the stand to cheer them on. Staff, neighbors, friends, organizations and everyone are welcome to be a part of history. If your business, service club, church group, family or neighborhood would like to become involved in this first ever North Dakota event, please go to and click on the volunteer tab.

Member MSA United Way will host their Day of Caring, promoting volunteerism and increase the awareness of local human service agencies and demonstrate how people working together for the good of the community can accomplish great things. Project proposals can be emailed to or mailed. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role for the event, call 701.255.3601.

Bismarck Art Alley will have a ribbon cutting for Alley 5.5. on August 4 starting at 4:45pm. Following the event, Q & A and cash bar refreshments will be held at the Luft Rooftop Beer Garden. Alley 5.5 is located between 5th & 6th Street in Downtown Bismarck. For more information please click, here.

Downtown News

The One-Way to Two-Way Conversion is now in place and vehicles, motorists and pedestrians should be aware of the change. The areas between 4th and 6th Streets and Thayer and Broadway Avenues have changed. Workers removed the pavement markings on the roadway and in parking areas to accommodate the change in traffic flow. Crews also updated signage for two-way traffic. Benefits of the two-way lane conversion include: reduced travel speeds, improved traffic circulation, improved vehicular access to the downtown area, improved livability for residents, and access to business establishments.

Event Calendar

August 3 & 4
Downtowners Crazy Days 
Downtown Bismarck

August 3 & 10
Urban Harvest
Downtown Bismarck

August 4
Opening Reception: Pop-Up Art & Guest Artist Kate Gattey 

August 5
Kids Scoliosis Screening
Bisman Community Co-op

August 5-6
Capital A’Fair 
Capitol Grounds

August 6
Historic Downtown Bismarck Walking Tour 
Downtown Bismarck

August 9 & 16
1 Million Cups 
Dakota Stage Ltd.

August 10
Train Fun for Young Children
Camp Hancock Historic Society

August 13
Ice Cream Social 
Former Governors’ Mansion

August 11
Movie in the Park -Bismarck Parks
North Central (830 Central Ave.)

August 15
10th Anniversary Party
Bismarck Cancer Center Parking Lot

August 17
Movies at the Museum: “The Dark Side of Chocolate”
ND Heritage Center & State Museum

August 19
Starlight Cinema presents: The Goonies
Sleepy Hollow Arts Park

August 22
TEDxBismarck: Limitless
ND Heritage Center