Sheldon Aubut's Duluth History

Bradley Building

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About 1940




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Bradley building would have been in the open area to the right of the Electric Fetus.  This area is now an entrance to the LakeWalk and was cut in size to make way for the widening of Lake Avenue.




Entrance to LakeWalk, Lake Superior Fountain  -  No Photo

Bradley Building (office building) 1924-1980

Fountain, 1989

Artist: Ben Effinger 1951-

India Black Granite for Lake, Bronze for Dome under Lake


20’ wide, 14.5’ high weighing 40 tons.

"Black granite embodies the mystery, grandeur, and unyielding qualities of Lake Superior. The cut represents navigation on the Lake and creates visual energy between the rough outer edge and the smooth inner edge. Water sheeting over the stone from the top, then free falling to the bronze dome causes a resonant murmuring sound much like the Lake’s ceaseless action upon the shore. The water is caught in a circular basin of north shore stones and then the cycle starts over again."

- Ben Effinger, Sculptor


Ben Effinger graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1970. He studied design at San Diego City College, photography at the College of St. Scholastica, carpentry at the Duluth Technical Institute and Visual Art at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. Mr. Effinger has had exhibitions at UWS, the Tweed Museum of Art, Kruk Gallery, and the Duluth Art Institute. His work is represented in collections of First Bank Corporation, Tweed Museum and numerous private collections.

Domains $7.49 - Why Pay More?12-14 East Superior Street

Presently: Electric Fetus

Previously : Bijou Theater, Empress Theatre, Famous Clothing Store

Built: 1903

Architect: Emmet Palmer and WilliamHunt

Style: Classical Revival

Painted brick face with stone trim, cast concrete keystones and an ornamental cornice.


Cities from Dayton to Duluth have stories of old office buildings like the Bradley Building being demolished to make way for new construction. At one time they may have held the offices of a prominent Duluth or Dayton criminal defense attorney, but unfortunately today such unique buildings have become empty lots or shopping malls.

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