Marquette Building, 1004 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Marquette Building

Address: 1004 Marquette Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Photography studio: Norton & Peel
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick

Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin

The photographers Norton & Peel had a studio on the second floor of this building between 1925 and 1965. Walter Norton began working for the commercial photographer Charles J Hibbard in 1919. Clifford Peel joined the Hibbard firm in the 1920s soon after he returned from WWI where he served in France and Germany developing reconnaissance photos. Norton & Peel eventually bought out Hibbard's studio, and for forty years their partnership produced hundreds of thousands of images which document the growth of the Twin Cities. In 1979 the Minnesota Historical Society bought Norton & Peel's vast collection which also included all of the negatives from C.L. Hibbard's studio. This was the largest photo collection the Minnesota Historical Society ever purchased.

The following excerpt is taken from Clifford Peel's obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"Peel was working for a portrait photographer in Bemidji when he decided to move to Minneapolis in 1919. 'He had his mind made up to go and see the best and oldest photographer in the city,' his wife Muriel said Wednesday. 'That was J.C. Hibbard.'

When Hibbard retired in 1925, Peel and his partner, Walter Norton, opened their own commercial photography studio at 1004 Marquette Av., Minneapolis.

During his years in business, Peel documented the development of Minneapolis' skyline. Many photos were shot from the rooftops of buildings such as the Loring Park office building and the Curtis Hotel.

Peel shot pictures of the Foshay Tower for its creator, Wilbur Foshay, created the face of General Mill's original Betty Crocker, and always took the official photo of the Minnesota Orchestra

When Peel sold his business in 1965, he and his partner had shot more than 335,000 pictures. Most of the collection is in the Minnesota Historical Society" (1987).


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Star Tribune, December 3, 1987

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