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3209 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

This glorious Queen Anne style house displays the elegance and grandeur that made the historic Healy block famous! It’s a true show stopper filled with updates, tons of natural light from enormous windows and skylights, open concept main and 3rd floors, exposed brick throughout, wood floors, tiled kitchen and bathroom floors, gas fireplace, a unique staircase, adorable mini library, new wrought iron storm door, enormous deck, spacious garage and new plant beds in front! The home was likely built by Theron Potter “T.P.” Healy as he constructed the majority of the Queen Anne-style homes south of downtown Minneapolis between 1886 and 1898. This particular area, “the Healy block” is bordered by 31st and 32nd streets on the north and south, and second and third avenues on the east and west. Healy was the only Minneapolis builder to concentrate most of his work on the Queen Anne style, which earned him the reputation as the “Master Builder” of Queen
Anne in the Twin Cities. 

Before coming to Minneapolis in 1884, Healy was an affluent maritime shipper. He quickly recognized the housing shortage upon his arrival and become a builder and contractor, designing middle- and upper-income residences on Lowry Hill and throughout the southern sections of Minneapolis’ growing residential communities. The Queen Anne homes soon became very popular with the upper middle class. These residents were establishing their positions in city business and were looking for a way to permanently exhibit their new wealth. Upper-middle income residents who acquired this style of housing included J.B. Hudson, jeweler (3127 Second Ave. S.); the Sears family of Sears and Roebuck; pharmacist Rufus Lane (3123 Second Ave. S.) and Healy himself (3137 and 3115 Second Ave. S.). 

Common Queen Anne characteristics include front facing or cross-gabled rooflines, multiple building materials, trellised balconies, triptychs, window embellishments and stained glass transoms. Common Healy designs show an elaboration on these characteristics. His triptychs are often embellished with brightly colored art glass transoms or semicircular openings under gables. Off-center entrances extend outward from flat bays or reverse the situation with a deeply recessed entrance and swelled front window. Healy had a unique flair for combining regional materials, catalogue goods and quality craftsmanship. Each Healy house, although also characteristically Queen Anne, bears its own unique design developed by its builder. 

As tastes in architecture changed by the late 1890s, the short-lived era of Queen Anne construction in Minneapolis came to an end. In 1959, the west side of the 3100 block was demolished, along with hundreds of other houses, when Interstate 35W was built. Interestingly, the freeway construction exposed the houses to public view, and they can now be seen along I-35W beside the 31st Street exit. The Healy Block, an early “suburban” Minneapolis neighborhood, remains the most intact and concentrated example of Queen Anne architecture constructed by a single builder in 19th century Minneapolis. 

*Listing Courtesy of: National Realty Guild

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