Parke-Davis Research Laboratory
Pharmacology, the study of the changes produced in animals by chemical substances and especially the study of drugs used in treating diseases, has long been an important area of pure or basic scientific research. In the United States the development of pharmacological research began after the Civil War in the medical schools and in the laboratories associated with the drug companies. Along with the electrical and chemical industries the drug companies were among the first industries to introduce the pursuit of basic research as a company policy.
Parke-Davis and Company of Detroit, Michigan, was the industrial leader in the development of pharmacological research in the United States. When in 1902 Parke-Davis built the first industrial laboratory devoted exclusively to pharmacological research, the facility marked the institutionalization of a pure science research activity which has been responsible for many of the "wonder drugs" that are today taken for granted.
- 1976, National Historic Landmark
- 1976, National Register of Historic Places
ARCHITECT, BUILDER, OR DESIGNER(S)
- Donaldson & Meier, architects
- 1866, Parke-Davis and Company was founded in a small drugstore in Detroit on October 26
- 1873, the original Parke-Davis research laboratory was built on the site of the existing building
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
- "Parke-Davis Research Laboratory/ Parke Davis Building #55/Omni Hotel/Roberts Riverwalk Hotel," Detroit1701.org
- "Parke-Davis Research Laboratory and Company Plant," National Park Service
- "Parke-Davis," Wikipedia.org
- "The Early History of Parke-Davis and Company," Milton L. Hoefle
- "Parke-Davis at 100, 1866-1966," Parke-Davis Company
- "A Visit to Parke, Davis & Company," Parke, Davis & Company