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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 – Architecture

1425 Dupont Av ca: early 1900s

Queen Anne architecture became the predominant style of domestic architecture in the United States following the showcasing of English architectural designs at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It had little to do with the architecture of early eighteenth-century England during the reign of Queen Anne. The Queen Anne style was a flamboyant, exuberant, vernacular American architecture. The style arrived in Minneapolis in the early 1880s and reached its peak in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Architectural tastes changed after the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 with its Neo-Classical White City and iconic East Coast Colonial houses. The short-lived era of the Queen Anne came to an end.

1725 University Av SE

The Queen Anne houses of T. P. Healy employ many of the following characteristics:
• Cross-gabled with a front facing gable
• Multiple exterior building materials—stone, wood lap siding, wood shingles
• Three front gable attic windows unified by a symbolic cap or panels below creating a triptych
• Elaborate cornices with crown moldings and fascia boards
• Patterned friezes
• A trellised and balustraded second floor front balcony under a cantilevered soffit
• Full front porches and wrap-around porches with fretwork, turned columns, and balustrades
• Porch skirts featuring elaborate scroll work patterns
• Off-center entrances, most with double doors with carved panels
• Bays, oriel bays, round towers, octagonal corner bays, and bowed exterior walls all used to break up flat exterior walls and to extend the interior beyond the foundation
• Window embellishments—hooded windows, pedimented and bracketed windows
• A curved front corner containing a curved glass window topped by a smaller, curved, leaded glass window
• His signature triple window made of paired, arch-top, Moorish Revival stained glass windows over a single, large stationary window

Stained Glass Windows

T. P. Healy’s interpretation of the Queen Anne style is distinctive. He incorporated many curved and rounded elements into his design. Having been a shipbuilder in Nova Scotia may have inspired this choice. Healy also used elements of the Moorish Revival style that was popular in the late 1880s and early 1890s in Minneapolis. This gave his houses an exotic look. Healy’s great skill as a designer was combining all these disparate elements into a pleasing whole. The entire block is unified by the common and repeated Queen Anne elements, yet each individual house has a distinctive and unique design.