In 2009, 275 Bates Ave., foreground, in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, could be purchased for $1 from the St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority. 279 Bates, next door at right, was on the market for $5,000. Since then, 279 Bates has been rehabbed and is now on the market for $169,900. (Pioneer Press file photo: Scott Takushi)
The Louis Hansen House and Bakery at 275 Bates Ave. was built in 1884 at a cost of $800. An example of Italianate design reinterpreted for Minnesota weather, the two-story, L-shaped frame building sits on a coursed limestone foundation and under a gabled roof.
And soon, it may be torn to the ground.
In the Dayton’s Bluff Historic District, the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is making a final push to save six vacant properties from demolition: a free home tour in an antique bus.