Historic Stillwater, Minn. house declared nuisance, given deadline

The historic Boutwell House in Stillwater, Minn. was temporarily saved by HGTV "Rehab Addict" Nicole Curtis, but the city has declared the property a nuisance and given the owner a May 1 deadline to do something about it. Owner Joel Adamic has two options:

1. Demolish the home and clear debris from the property.

2. Finish the porch demolition, remove debris and submit a restoration plan to the city.

Boutwell House history

The Boutwell home has stood since 1870. William T. Boutwell was a missionary, settling in Stillwater Township after he accompanied Henry Schoolcraft in exploring northern Minnesota, even naming the Mississippi headwaters, Lake Itasca. Because his home was never designated as historically significant, the township said there's nothing they can do to stop the demolition.

Stopping demolition

"Nicole Curtis contacted my father and she was willing to pay to have the demolition cease for a few days to give her time to see if there's anything she can do with the property," Adamic's son told Fox 9 in January.

Curtis posted the following message on her Facebook page Friday:

"Until we are proactive vs reactive as a community-historic buildings will continue to come down. The time to preserve is not when a demo permit is issued, but before it's even thought of. If you think it will never happen-you are wrong. When the economy is good -things get moving. Add a deed restriction to your home - get your city councils to restrict demolitions now rather than later. In average only 1 out of 10 buildings set for demolition get saved .... So the time is now to get involved"

Next steps

The property sits on nearly 5 acres and was put on the market for $650,000. The listing agent told the Pioneer Press that "several parties" are interested in buying the home, with hopes of reaching a deal by the May 1 deadline. Those interested parties have different plans for the property that include:

- Full demolition of the Boutwell House and development of the land

- Restoring the house and developing the rest of the land

- Restoring the house and leaving the land undeveloped


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