HGTV's Nicole Curtis halts Boutwell's Stillwater home demolition

Leave it to a petite, tough woman with a sledgehammer to halt the demolition of a piece of Minnesota history.

On Tuesday, Fox 9's Tom Lyden told you about William Boutwell's Stillwater Township, Minn. home that was destined to be destroyed despite the efforts of local preservationists. Its demolition permit had been pulled, and because his home was never designated as "historically significant," the township said there was nothing they could do. The property sits on nearly 5 acres and it's on the market for $650,000.

Meanwhile, Nicole Curtis of HGTV's "Rehab Addict" is also a preservationist who spends much of her time fixing Minneapolis homes (she came here about 6 years ago, got her real estate license, bought her current home, more projects ensued) and when she learned of the fate of the Boutwell home, she took action, even though some of the destruction had already taken place on Thursday.

John Adamic, the son of the house's current owner, told Fox 9 that Curtis paid to have the demolition stopped, and the family hopes she's able to buy it.

"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 said. "She's a very nice, nice lady."

A post on Curtis' Facebook page reads:

I'm hearing this house crunch:( horrible. I woke up this morning w a plan for this owner drove to stillwater and pulled up as the first strike hit UPDATE!!!!I THE OWNER IS WONDERFUL & agreed to halt demo today so we could attempt a solution:) I run into jerkfaces usually - not the case here ... Family stuck between rock and hard place

Curtis halted the demolition of the home for a few days while exploring options with the owners, and while it's unclear exactly what she'll do with it, she has worked miracles on houses once in tatters, many of them in Uptown.

Boutwell's home stood since in 1870. He was a missionary, settling in Stillwater Township after he accompanied Henry Schoolcraft in exploring northern Minnesota, even naming the Mississippi headwaters, Lake Itasca. He also started the second First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, a building that still stands, though it has been converted to condos.
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