Healy Block

The Healy Block is designated as a historic district by the National Register of Historic Places and by the City of Minneapolis. The district, which is composed of the odd side of the 3100 block of 2nd Avenue So. and the contiguous even side of 3100 block of 3rd Avenue So., contains 14 houses designed and built by Theron Potter “T. P.” Healy (1844-1906), who has been nicknamed the "King of the Queen Anne style" in Minneapolis.

Introduction to The Healy Block

The story of the Healy Block, a historic district on the 3100 blocks of 2nd and 3rd Avenues So., revolves around Theron Potter “T. P.” Healy (1844-1906), born into a family of farmers and carpenters in Round Hill, Nova Scotia. Theron married Mary Ann…

Queen Anne architecture

Queen Anne architecture became the predominant style of domestic architecture in the United States following the showcasing of English architectural designs at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It had little to do with the architecture…

3101 2nd Ave. So.: William M. & Kate Regan House

Built: 1890 Cost estimate on building permit: $6,000 This is probably the best-known house in the Healy Block District because of its high visibility on the corner of 31st Street and its exuberant architecture. Jacob & Mina Sinsheimer were its…

3107 2nd Ave. So.: Andrew H. & Elizabeth Adams House

Built 1891 Cost estimate on building permit: $5,000 This is the eighteenth house that Healy built in the district and one of six houses he started in 1891. The first owners were Herman C. and Bess Evers, who lived here from 1892 to 1896. Herman…

3111 2nd Ave. So.: John & Maria L. Broom

Built: 1891 Cost estimate on building permit: $5,000 This was the twentieth house that Healy built in the district. While he was building it, he also was working on the Bennett-McBride House at 3116 Third Avenue South, a Harry Wild Jones-designed…

3115 2nd Ave. So.: Theron Potter & Mary Anne Healy House

Built: 1892 Cost estimated on building permit: $6,000 According to Healy great-grandson Charles Woodrich, the Healy family moved seven times during its early years in Minneapolis. The family moved to 3115 2nd Ave. So. in 1892. The two eldest…

3119 2nd Ave. So.: Harry A. & Mae Murphy House

Built: 1892 Cost estimated on building permit: $6,000 This is the twenty-third house that Healy erected in the district, built in the winter of 1891-92. The house was built immediately after the Healy family’s last home on the block, next door at…

3123 2nd Ave. So.: Dr. Rufus H. & Addie K. Lane House

Built: 1892 Cost estimated on building permit: $5,000 This is the twenty-fourth house that Healy built in the district and the last one he built on the east side of the 3100 block of 2nd Ave. So. The first owners of the house were Dr. Rufus and…

3127 2nd Ave. So.: Josiah B. & Mary E. Hudson House

Built: 1890 Cost estimated on building permit: $6,000 This, the fourteenth house that Healy built in the district, was the family home of Josiah B. and Mary E. Hudson. J. B. Hudson began as an apprentice jeweler in Ohio in 1868 and opened his first…

3135 2nd Ave. So.

While this house fits rather well in the neighborhood, it was moved to the block. It was not designed by Theron Potter Healy and is not included in the historic district.

3137 2nd Ave. So.: Healy-Forbes House

Built: 1886 Cost estimate on building permit: $2,200 T.P. Healy built this, his first house in Minneapolis, for his own family, which in 1886 consisted of his wife, Mary Anne, and their nine children—Lena (19), Alice (18), Charles (16), Dora (14),…

3145 2nd Ave. So.: William L. & Cordelia Sumner House

Built: 1889 Cost estimated on building permit: $6,000 This, the eighth house that T. P. Healy built in the district, was first owned by William Sumner, a real estate speculator, and his wife Cordelia. In 1896 the Sumners moved to 3132 Clinton Ave.…

3116 3rd Ave. So.: Bennett-McBride House

Built: 1891 Cost estimated on building permit: $5,000 In 1887, lumberman Henry H. Bennett hired one of T. P. Healy’s contemporaries, the English-American master builder Henry Ingham, to build a house for him and his wife at 3112 3rd Ave. South…

3120 3rd Ave. So.: Edmund G. & Clara B. Babbidge House

Built: 1891 Cost estimate on building permit: $6,000 This is the sixteenth house that Healy built in the district. The first owners were Edmund Babbidge, a traveling agent, and his wife Clara. They lived in the house from 1891 to 1909. Also living…

3124 3rd Ave. So.: Arthur E. & Carrie E. Holbrook House

Built: 1898 Cost estimated on building permit: $4,000 This is the last house Healy built in the Healy Block Historic District. The first owners were Arthur and Carrie Holbrook. Arthur was president of the Glenwood-Inglewood Water Company. The…