WEDGE — The city’s Heritage Preservation Commission has decided that a rooming house at 2320 Colfax Ave. S. is indeed historic, countering the recommendation of city staff and granting an appeal filed by a local group protesting a potential apartment development there.
City staff maintained that the home had been dramatically altered over time, obscuring much of its historic nature.
A group led by historian Anders Christensen disagreed, believing the home is still a candidate for restoration. Architect T.P. Healy built the home in 1893 at a pivotal point in architectural history, Christensen said.
“In Minneapolis the name Healy is synonymous with Victorian House,” Christensen wrote. “He and his buildings have an iconic status.”
The Minneapolis host of the show “Rehab Addict,” Nicole Curtis, has also became an advocate for the house’s preservation. Curtis offered to assist the developer with renovation, she said on Facebook.
“This is in a very great historic district and we do not need more rentals,” she wrote.
The city’s Zoning & Planning Committee will take up the appeal at its May 21 meeting.