Northern Sun Merchandising, 2916 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Northern Sun Merchandising (East Lake Branch Library)

East Lake Library, 1928
Address: 2916 Lake Street E
Neighborhood/s: Longfellow, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1924
Primary Style: Tudor Revival
Historic Function: Library
Current Function: Business
Architect or source of design: Jackson, Jerome Paul, Splady and Hagonson
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Roof: Composition
Material of Foundation: Concrete

Longfellow Minneapolis Hennepin

Northern Sun Merchandising, 2916 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: May 26, 2000
Level of significance: Local

Northern Sun Merchandising occupies the former East Lake Branch Library building which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The library, constructed in 1924, was one of 13 Minneapolis Public Library branches built under head librarian Gratia Countryman, leading proponent of public-library movement.



Almost thirty years ago, Scott Cramer hopped on a bicycle and journeyed from Illinois to Minneapolis, not knowing where he’d live or what he’d do when he got here. Around that time, there was a near nuclear disaster at the Three Mile Island power plant on the East Coast. The young Cramer had some t-shirts printed protesting nuclear power, selling them at protests. He later added to his arsenal shirts protesting the war, and his side operation soon grew into a full-time job—a business Cramer named Northern Sun Merchandising. Years later, Cramer owns the largest message-oriented merchandising company in the country, selling shirts and bumper stickers with alternative messages to people from California in the West to New York in the East.

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