It Appears that Rev. William T. Boutwell’s House Will be Saved

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It appears that Rev. William T. Boutwell’s house will be saved.

On Tuesday night, Community Development Director Bill Turnblad told the Stillwater City Council that there has been a lot of local interest in the Boutwell House — and a local organization, which has not yet been named, has stepped up and is pursuing the purchase of the property to restore it and then sell it to a private person.

The interested group has planned a clean-up day — and with the help of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Washington County Historical Society — volunteers will gather at the property, with the permission of the property owner, on either May 9 or May 16, Turnblad said. The home will be boarded up and secured in an attempt to save the property.

Back in January, HGTV’s “Rehab Addict” star Nicole Curtis showed up at Rev. William T. Boutwell’s House just as a backhoe was demolishing the porch. Curtis was able to get in contact with the home owner, Joel Adamic, and paid to have the demolition halted to give  preservationists a chance to save the home.

But two months — and several complaints — later, Stillwater declared the home a public nuisance and gave Adamic a May 1 deadline to either finish demolishing the home, or finish demolition of the porch, secure the building, remove yard debris and give the city restoration plans.

“With these new plans in place, city staff considers the nuisance problem abated,” Turnblad said. “We will allow the group time to try to purchase and restore the property. The bottom line is progress is being made.”

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