3M & Saint Paul

A History of the 3M Saint Paul Office and Plant

1910-1962

3M was located on Saint Paul’s East Side for almost 100 years and the company was headquartered here until 1962. Visit the site of 3M’s historic campus at 900 Bush Avenue and you will encounter a series of illustrated panels that recall the company and those who worked here. This interpretive program has been developed to help tell that story as partial mitigation for the demolition of historic buildings on the campus.

The On-Site Interpretive Program

The 3M story is conveyed through a series of panels of three sizes, based on their content. The panels extend from this location at the Hub to the site north of Phalen Boulevard, which was the location of 3M’s mechanical operations.

The illustrated panels help to convey a picture of what the plant and campus looked like, “what happened here, who worked here, and how 3M fit into the broader community.” The large thematic interpretive panels are installed on limestone panels that have been salvaged from the exterior facing of Building 42.

Interpretive Panels portray broad themes and stories regarding the growth and development of 3M, its people, and its major products on Saint Paul’s East Side.

Way Markers convey focused information regarding the people and resources of 3M and their relation to the community.

Site Facts describe interesting facts and events related to 3M and the Saint Paul campus.

Images

3M Campus, 1941

3M Campus, 1941

Aerial view of the 3M campus in 1941. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

3M Saint Paul Office and Plant, 1958

3M Saint Paul Office and Plant, 1958

By 1958, the Saint Paul 3M campus had expanded to its largest size with over 40 buildings dedicated to product research, development, manufacturing, marketing and administrative services. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

The Center of the 3M Saint Paul Campus

The Center of the 3M Saint Paul Campus

Little remains of the 3M Saint Paul campus from 1958. Mendota Street, which includes the site of today's Hub, was once a busy street that led into the campus from the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and East Seventh Street. The location of the Hub has been added to this map. View File Details Page

Bruce Vento Regional Trail

Bruce Vento Regional Trail

A portion of the historic 3M campus crosses the Bruce Vento Trail. The trail provides a link to the Eastside Heritage Park and a series of interpretive panels that discuss the history of the larger East Side. | Source: Saint Paul Parks and Recreation View File Details Page

 Beacon Bluff Education Hub

Beacon Bluff Education Hub

photo by Justin LaMachia, East Side Arts Council View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Marjorie Pearson, Summit Envirosolutions, Inc., “3M & Saint Paul,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed May 27, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.org/items/show/396.

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