Color image of the Universal Laboratories Building, 2009.

Universal Laboratories

Universal Laboratories Building, 2009. Uploaded by Wikimendia Commons user Elkman.

Universal Laboratories, Dassel

The Universal Laboratories building played a key role during World War II by ensuring that the United States had an adequate domestic supply of the essential crude drug ergot. As war threatened to cut off imported supplies of crude ergot, Universal Laboratories developed an effective collecting and processing operation in Dassel.

Photograph of Smith and a client at the Olive Hair Store, 1913.

Lena Olive Smith and client at Olive Hair Store, Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

Smith owned the Olive Hair Store, before becoming an attorney, 1913.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the St. Paul Commercial Club in the Commerce Building, 1912.

Interior view, Commercial Club, in Commerce building

Interior of the St. Paul Commercial Club in the Commerce Building, 1912.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Commercial Club gathering space, Commerce Building, 1912.

Interior view, Commercial Club, in Commerce Building

Interior of Commercial Club gathering space, Commerce Building, 1912.

Color image of the St. Paul Commerce Building, c.2007.

Commerce Building, St. Paul

St. Paul Commerce Building, c.2007.

Commerce Building, St. Paul

St. Paul's Commerce Building was originally built to house the Commercial Club of St. Paul and the offices of the St. Paul Association of Commerce. Years later, it reflects the economic strength and civic influence of St. Paul's business organizations at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Commerce Building is typical of buildings designed to house commercial and civic groups as well as private tenants.

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