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23-27 W. First St. Building History

What is now Joseph Nease Gallery started as Max Bloom Furniture in 1916 until the 1930s, was the Covenant Club 1960 to about 1964, was a Norge Industrial Laundry about 1967, became Arthur’s Formal Wear and Horton’s Boxing until 2008, then was the infamous 50 Below IT firm until about 2013. I am trying to fill in some of the blanks and find any existing photos from the various time periods if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks!

7 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 1 year ago

50 Below Sales & Marketing occupied space upstairs during the Arthur's Formal Wear years. I don't know when it moved in and out, but it was there circa 2003 to 2005 -- while simultaneously occupying space in the USAN building.

Paul Lundgren

about 1 year ago



I think this is the only photo I ever shot in the 50 Below space. It's dated Dec. 10, 2004.

Daine Billmark

about 1 year ago

I stood on the edge of the USAN roof holding networking cable in my fresh bleeding college-graduated hands while the 50 Below owner used a boat winch on the Arthur's roof to pull it over and connect the two buildings. 50 Below above Arthur's was born.

Joe Nease

about 1 year ago

Thanks Paul and Daine. Daine, do you recall what year you guys pulled the cable?

John Fredrickson

about 1 year ago

Most 50 Below staff moved into the Arthur's building in late 2009 - early 2010 (depending on department). A bulk of us moved to the Woodrush building (now Duluth Trading Company) in 2011.

Daine Billmark

about 1 year ago

It would’ve been summer of 2003 (possibly ‘04) and we filled the top level that year. I left 50b in 2005 so I’m unfamiliar with the 2009 year John references.

Paul Lundgren

about 1 year ago

My brief stint at 50 Below began in April 2004 and the space above Arthur's was well established by then, so summer 2003 is the likely beginning of the first wave there.

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