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BETTY BUILDING. Located at 901 Jackson, the building was named for the Betty Baxter Products advertising that once covered much of the southeastern wall. The building was constructed in several stages beginning in the 1850s. Originally a linseed oil paint factory, it was later a bakery and finally an electrical supply house operated by UNIVERSAL ELECTRIC SUPPLY INC. The advertising and much of the white paint were later removed.

In 2013 plans were announced to renovate the building. The former home of the DUBUQUE LINSEED OIL PAINT COMPANY was to be converted into 16 loft-style apartments on four floors with such amenities as a rooftop garden.



Jacobson, Ben, "Windows of Opportunity," Telegraph Herald, July 14, 2013, p. 1A