Some See Historical Value in Minneapolis Home Targeted for Demolition

March 16, 2017 08:16 PM

A Minneapolis city committee voted Thursday to move forward with demolition of a house that once belonged to a noted author.

The modest two-story house on the 2600 block of 44th Street in the city's Linden Hills neighborhood was once home to Brenda Ueland.

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She is not exactly a household name, but she did write several books and worked as a reporter and columnist for Twin Cities' newspapers, including the Minneapolis Tribune.

Her best-known book was titled 'If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit.' 

She lived in the house being targeted for demolition later in life.

While no one at Thursday's meeting questioned Ueland’s cultural contribution to the writing and the city of Minneapolis, some did question whether the house merited being saved.  A developer wants to raze the house and build condos.

But some neighbors and fans of Ueland say the house has a legacy worth fighting for.

“The house is revered by many and is included on tours by local history buffs and people visiting from all over," one concerned neighbor said.

"The statement that 2620 is a distressed physical structure is blatantly false.”

Though the committee voted to move forward with the demolition of the home, members did talk about creating a monument to Brenda Ueland somewhere in the city. 


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