John Broom House, 3111 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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John Broom House

John Broom House
3111 2nd Ave So
Address: 3111 2nd Avenue S
Neighborhood/s: Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1891
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: T.P. Healy
Builder: T.P. Healy
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
First Owner: John Broom

Central Minneapolis Hennepin County

John Broom House, 3111 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.946262° N, 93.273754° WLatitude: 44°56′46.543″N
Longitude: 93°16′25.514″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 93000417

This house is an excellent example of the response of a prolific Minneapolis contractor-designer to strong market demand for the Queen Anne style in the period 1886 to 1898.

This style dominated single family residential construction in Minneapolis beginning in the early 1880s supplanting Italianate and French mid-century classicism by the peak of the city’s building boom in 1884.

The style originated in England and was first introduced to this country at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Queen Anne style featured an eclectic combination of elements, picturesque massing and vertical emphasis.

This 2 ½ story Queen Anne house is very ornate and unusually intact with its intersecting hip and gable roof, open porch, bay windows, and elaborate stained glass. The house is covered with clapboard and wood shingles.

There is a rounded northwestern corner on the porch which has thin columns, brackets forming round arched openings, and beaded spindlework balustrades.

Beneath the porch there is a screen of vertical boards with perforated detailing. There is a Palladian window with leaded glass above the double leaf door from the porch into the entry.

Above the front porch there is a second story balcony with detailing similar to the front porch and a conical cap. The main gable on the front has gable returns and a tripartite round arched window.

Beneath this window is a pair of small round arched stained glass windows, a common Healy design feature. These small windows serve as a transom over a rectangular window at the center of a projecting bay.

The rear façade has a rare intact rear porch. The house has been carefully restored. The building permit lists Healy as the original owner and the estimated construction cost of $5,000. At the back of the lot is a one story circa 1915 gable roofed garage which is also included in the historic district. [1]

This house was restored by Marjory and Peter Holly. Peter is a master woodturner, Marjory led the effort to get the Healy block listed as a local and national historic district.



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