Healy-Rea House, 3131 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Healy Rea House

Healy Rea House
Address: 3131 2nd Avenue S
Neighborhood/s: Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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State/province
Minneapolis, Minnesota
County-
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Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1890
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: T.P. Healy
Builder: T.P. Healy
First Owner: Theron Potter Healy

Central Minneapolis Hennepin County

National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 9300417


This is the eighth house on the 2nd Ave side of the Healy Block Residential Historic District – an ornate array of Queen Anne designs, each just a bit different from the next, but all close together, filling almost all of their fifty-foot width lots!

Now, pause and imagine the remaining half of an even larger cluster of at least seven of Healy’s houses built directly across from 2nd Avenue to the west. Just behind that sound wall, looking much like these – all demolished in 1960 to make way for construction of Interstate Highway 35W.

Rejoice in what has been saved and is being restored in this neighborhood streetscape right out of the Minneapolis of more than a hundred years ago!

The Healy-Rea house was built in the 2 ½ story Queen Anne style with a tall intersecting gabled roof. Some original brackets with sunrise motifs remain.

On the open front porch is Healy’s characteristic rounded corner bay with truncated conical cap at the southwestern corner.

The large rectangular window on the front façade retains an ornately carved frame. The original double leaf door with transom is intact. There is a Moorish bay window with bulging metal covered cap on the northern façade.

The original clapboard siding is visible beneath the current asbestos shingles which were installed in 1947. The front porch has been altered on this the second of the three houses that Healy himself occupied on the block.

The building permit lists Healy as the original owner and the estimated construction cost as $5,000. The other two houses that Healy occupied still stand at 3115 2nd Ave South (1891) and 3137 2nd Ave South (1886).

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