Rebuilding Neighborhoods | In the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, Urban Homeworks focuses the combined resources of individuals, churches, businesses, government entities and other nonprofits to transform foreclosed, condemned or boarded properties into dignified, quality places to live.
A renovated house stands at 2204 Dupont Avenue North, as a testament to the rich history, pride, and community-building that continues in North Minneapolis.
While the exact age of the house is unknown, it is estimated that it was built in the early to mid-1880s. That would make it one of the area’s earliest examples of Italianate architecture: a gem for North Minneapolis! Over time, the rare architectural style was camouflaged by poorly constructed additions, it was subdivided into a duplex and gradually fell into disrepair. It was eventually claimed by foreclosure, and was boarded and condemned in 2011.
At this time, Urban Homeworks purchased the home, with plans to renovate and sell it through our PROJECT: Reclaim contract for deed program. When completed, this home will be energy efficient, be structurally sound, and show off some of the best remaining architectural details. The original walnut staircase and banister will be salvaged and a new front porch built to replicate the original architectural intent while featuring numerous architectural gems including the original inlaid hardwood floors and a restored claw foot tub.
This spring, the house will be sold to a single family. In a neighborhood where boarded and condemned houses are on nearly every block, each renovated house provides economic stability for a family, and re-invests resources in a community where the history is rich and vibrant, and where safety, dignity, stability and pride are growing, one home at a time.