Commercial Building

Albert Lea Historical Downtown Walking Tour

Commercial Building

Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007, United States

Created By: Freeborn County Historical Museum


Commercial Building, 222 East Clark

Built between 1910 and 1918, this dark-red-brick two-story building has a rectangular plan. The storefront contains a centered display window flanked by two doorways.

This building was originally constructed for the Albert Lea Construction Company as a warehouse, although the second floor was rented out as apartments. For a short time in the 1920s, the front of the building housed the Saint Theodore Catholic Church's Sunday school. The rear was used for an automobile dealership and a bill-poster printing business. By 1930 a hotel had been established in part of the building. This business eventually took over the northern half of the building and included a restaurant in the Clark Street storefront. The Goodwin Hotel was in business from the 1930s through the 1950s, when the ownership and the name changed. The Dorman Hotel stayed in business until the early 1990s. The building's rear continued to house a printing business until the 1960s. Additional occupants included a justice of the peace and a funeral service.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Albert Lea Historical Downtown Walking Tour


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