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Healy Block Residential Historic District – 3137 Second Ave So: Healy-Forbes House Healy Block Residential Historic District – Architecture Healy Block Residential Historic District – an Introduction Anders Christensen Receives Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Executive Director’s Award Anders Christensen’s Remarks on Receiving Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Award Healy Project Fundraiser at the Lowbrow, May 7th Winter Party Fundraiser December 2017 Talk: Preservation Advocacy, August 17th Open House at 1300 Mount Curve Avenue East Lake of the Isles Walking Tour May 21st New Research on the “Lost” Healy Block: Tour May 7th A Presentation on Master Builders Ingham and Parsons, Saturday, March 18th. Healy Project Winter Party Henry Ingham’s Yorkshire Healy Project Fundraiser at the Lowbrow, May 9th Healy Block Historic District Tour: April 17th Healy Project Holiday Old House Reception CANCELED–Healy Block Historic District Walking Tour–November 8 More Hauntings: Houses Built by Henry Ingham Healy House Hauntings Tour Intro to the History of the North Wedge North Wedge Architectural Walking Tour, October 3rd Healy Phoenix #2 Healy Phoenix #1 Report on the Event: A Great Dinner for a Good Cause A Child’s View of T.P. Healy’s Family Big Win for Healy Block Residents: Revised I-35W Expansion Plan T.P. Healy: Farmer, Commission Merchant & Wholesale Grocer in Nova Scotia Open April 25th: Restored 1885 House in Wedge Learn from the Past, Learn from the Present Grandstanding and Stonewalling at City Hall: Trashing the Public Trust Orth House Demolition An Open Letter to Minneapolis City Council Regarding the Orth House Demolition The Truth Will Out II: More Lies That Brought Down 2320 Colfax Avenue South The Truth Will Out: Lies that Brought Down 2320 Colfax Avenue South Judge Denies Injunction against Wrecking 2320 Colfax Avenue South Poisoning the Well: Testimony about 2320 Colfax Avenue South “City Ghosts” Visit Victorian House Historic North Wedge Walking Tour: Sunday, September 7th Combining New and Old: A New Vision for the Orth House A Place That Matters Healy Project Files Suit to Stop Demolition of the Orth House Happy Earth Day, Zero-Credibility City of Minneapolis Stop Demolition: Allow a designation study for the Orth House Perverting New Urbanism II: Greenwashing Demolition Perverting New Urbanism for Fun and Profit Size Matters: Development at Franklin-Lyndale DEN$ITY: Building Utopia in Gopher City Hypocrisy at City Hall: Planning Department Scorns Sustainable Development Déjà Vu All Over Again: Threats to Healy Houses Renewed Healy Project Special Kickoff Tour Saving Private Houses In Landmark Decision, City Council Stops Demolition of 2320 Colfax Avenue South What’s the Greenest Building? Who Lives in Lowry Hill East? Revoltin’ Developments VI: What You Can Do Revoltin’ Developments V: Sappy Citizens and Maudlin Attachments Revoltin’ Developments IV: Density and City Planning Revoltin’ Developments III: Density and Livability Revoltin’ Developments II: Healy Houses in the Wedge Revoltin’ Developments, Part I Healy Descendant Acquires the Bennett-McBride House On Memorial Day Lost Healys on the Healy Block More Lost Healys The Broom House: 3111 Second Avenue South More on Round Hill Happy Birthday, T.P. The Edmund G. Babbidge House: 3120 Third Avenue South Brightening the Corner: 3101 Second Avenue South 2936 Portland Avenue The Andrew H. Adams House: 3107 Second Avenue South Clones: 2932 Park and 1425 Dupont North The J.B. Hudson House: 3127 Second Avenue South Second Healy Family Home: 3131 Second Avenue South Schlocked: ‎2639-41 Bryant Avenue South 1976 Sheridan Avenue South: Preserved Exterior The William L. Summer House, 3145 Second Avenue South Two More in the Wedge Weapon of Mass Healy Destruction: I-35W Construction The Third: Healy Builds in the Wedge The Second: 3139 Second Avenue South Healy’s First House: 3137 Second Avenue South Anders Christensen, T.P.Healy, and the Healy Project

Healy Block Residential Historic District – 3137 Second Ave So: Healy-Forbes House

3137 2nd Av S

Building permit: B6643
26 x 40 Wood dwelling
Date: 4-19-1886
Estimated completion date: 8-1-1886
Estimated cost: $2,200.
Hand drawn plan on permit

This is the first house that T. P. Healy built in Minneapolis. He built it for his family. In 1886, his family consisted of wife Mary Anne Jefferson Healy and their nine children—Lena (19), Alice (18), Charles (16), Dora (14), Erena (10), Reginald (8), Birdie May (6), Bessie (4), and Henry Chester (2). The first eight children were born in Nova Scotia. Henry Chester was born in
Bismarck, Dakota Territories. They would live here for a year before moving across the street to 3138 Second Avenue South into another Healy-built house. The second owners, Henry W. and Annie M. Forbes, would live in the house for eight years. Forbes was the proprietor for saddlery
at Flour City Harness Co, 222 Nicollet Avenue.

When T. P. Healy began building 3137 Second Avenue South, there were only three other houses on the block. Across the street, 3112 was built in the fall of 1885. Also across the street, 3116 and 3136 were just completed, having been built in the winter of 1886. All three of these early houses were moved off the block in the 1890s and are still standing today—3112 to 4252
Lyndale Avenue South, 3116 to 2123 10th Avenue South, and 3136 to 3322 Stevens Avenue South.

At the time of the designation of the Healy Block on the National Register of Historic Places, this house was a duplex, covered with cement asbestos siding, and had a two-story porch addition on the front. After the designation, a flurry of restoration took place on the block in the 1990s.
The house at 3137 had its asbestos siding and the two-story front porch removed. The siding on the first two floors and the shingles on the gable ends were restored. A one story front porch was rebuilt.

3137 2nd Av S Triptych

The Healy-Forbes house is the simplest, least expensive house on the block. The permit value was $2,200. We have no image of the house in its original state. The front porch may have had fretwork, turned columns, balustrades, and scroll work in the skirt board. The house does have one of the features that will become a Healy signature—a partial second floor porch under an
overhanging gable. The slope of the roof is much less steep than the later houses on the block. When the Healy-Forbes house was built in 1886, a house built in 1885, sat across the street at 3112 Second Avenue South. The house across the street is one of the three houses moved off the block. The roof pitch of the Healy-Forbes house matches the roof pitch of the house that now sits at 4254 Lyndale Avenue South.

Healy District Building Permit, Repairs, Additions by TPH

It is important to remember that T. P. Healy had been building houses and other buildings on the western frontier for three years with his brother Anderson. The house at 3137 Second Avenue South is transitional—it is a frontier house on the outskirts of the growing city of Minneapolis. There is a barn behind the house with a gable on hip roof construction; it is one of
three surviving Healy barns in the historic district.