The 66-foot tall steel flagpole was installed at the corner of Bush and Mendota by the administration building (Building 21) in September 1941. On October 4, 1941, the 3M Club sponsored a flag-raising ceremony. The flag had flown over the U.S.…

3M constantly improved its machinery and technology to develop, produce, and sell its products. Nonetheless, it was dependent on its people to get the job done. Some of these jobs no longer exist or have been completely automated. Mineral Department…

3M stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Except for limited efforts to extract low-grade corundum from Crystal Bay, Minnesota, for abrasives in 1904, the company has done no mining. Nonetheless, the original name remains, even…

The house at 505 Summit Avenue was built in 1896 for George Freeman. Designed by Cass Gilbert in the Medieval Rectilinear style, it is constructed of stone and cost $20,000 to build. Cass Gilbert is one of the most celebrated Victorian era architects…

This large brick house was built in 1885 for John and Julia Robertson. Constructed for a cost of $10,000, the home was designed by Charles Mould in the Queen Anne style. Charles Mould designed many buildings in the city of Saint Paul, and even more…

The house at 261 Summit was built in 1891 for H. W. Kinney. Constructed of limestone, the total cost of the house was around $14,000. It was designed by local architect Clarence Johnston and it is Neo-Gothic in style, with its arched window on the…

The house at 365 Summit Avenue was built in 1892 for Martha Bass. Martha was the widow of Jacob W. Bass, an early pioneer in Saint Paul. She married Jacob in Iowa when she was about 16, and the couple came to Saint Paul in 1847. After Jacob died in…

On the site where 421 Summit stands today, there stood a small frame house. It was purchased in 1882 by Joseph Wheelock, who the then hired architect Clarence Johnston to redesign it for him. The home was remodeled into a much larger dwelling for the…

On December 31st, 1880, an article in the Saint Paul Daily Globe made a mention of William R. Marshall building a house with a mansard roof on the property of 415 Summit Avenue. Constructed for a cost of $8,500, the architect is unknown, and it is…