Suppliers to Industry

July's Ghost Sign

Image: Dan Turner, substreet.org
Image: Dan Turner, substreet.org

This month’s ghost sign won’t fade away any time soon, as it is a metal relief set in stone. It can be found on east façade of the Meierhoff Building at 325 South Lake Avenue (home of the Suites and Timberlodge). The building was constructed for Marshall-Wells Hardware, once the largest hardware distributor in the world—very much indeed “suppliers to industry.” You can learn more about Marshall-Wells and Duluth’s other great “jobbing houses” here.

July's Ghost Sign

3 Responses to Suppliers to Industry

  1. My husband’s parents met, fell in love, and married while both worked for Marshall-Wells in this building; they married in 1938. In 2003, my husband and I visited in Duluth and we had dinner in the building where his parents had worked. It was sweet thinking that we had had a meal on the same floors where his parents had eaten together. I wished then that they could have been with us to see the transformation of the building that they knew so well.

  2. I have stayed at the Suites many times. Good price and a great location, even when you get a 5 foot concrete column in the middle of your room:)

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