TV host Nicole Curtis unsuccessfully tries to stop demolition of Mpls home built in 1889 [PHOTOS]
|Curtis (top right) said watching the demolition was a "nightmare," but some neighbors used the same word to describe the home's condition.|
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Curtis is host of the cable TV show Rehab Addict, which is all about fixing up old dilapidated homes and making them vibrant and habitable again. Before police arrived on the scene yesterday, she attempted a "human chain protest" and went inside the house to stop crews from tearing it down. Curtis stood on the porch while a backhoe ripped apart the living room just feet away from her.
But in the end, her efforts were futile, and the house was demolished.
Later in the day, on Facebook, Curtis posted the picture at the top of this post (sans her headshot) and wrote: "I visited the house today to say goodbye and have been home crying. Underneath that tar paper is the original clapboard in pristine shape-a power wash and 30 gallons of Paint and this beauty would be restored. You cannot tell me to be happy when we are still sacrificing houses."
She also took some shots at the city on Twitter:
In comments made to WCCO, Curtis characterized the exterior of the now-razed home as "so magnificent."
Sickening ..... twitter.com/NCRehabAddict/...-- Nicole Curtis (@NCRehabAddict) May 22, 2013
"The interior is just as beautiful -- five fireplaces, hardwood floors, pocket doors, and a library that even some homes on Summit Avenue can't even compare to," she added.
Curtis told reporters she even went as far as to offer to purchase the home and move it to another parcel of land, but she ultimately couldn't come to an agreement with the property owner.
Some neighbors, however, disagreed with Curtis's assessment of the home's value.
In comments made to the Star Tribune, one neighbor characterized 1925 Park as a "crack house" and a neighborhood "nightmare" that had fallen into disrepair and was beyond fixing. And ultimately, city officials decided the house didn't have significant enough historical value to justify sparing it from the cycle of redevelopment.
The city's review of the home may have left something to be desired, though. City planner John Smoley told the Strib his department concluded the home wasn't the best surviving example of architect George Hoit's work, but said they based their findings on "photographs supplied by the developer" and didn't actually set foot inside the property themselves.
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