Heart Bombing Kicks Off on February 10, 2014

Contact: Will O’Keefe
Real Estate Program Coordinator
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
O: 651.293.9047 / C: 612.877.2380


Heart Bombing Kicks Off on February 10, 2014
Campaign to raise awareness about Minnesota’s historic places.

(ST. PAUL, MN—February 4, 2014) — Preservation is all about love – whether it’s the school you grew up attending, the home you live in now, or your favorite corner bar. If you like and use old buildings, you believe in preservation. To help spread that message, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is proud to launch its first ever Heart Bombing initiative on February 10, 2014.


Heart Bombing began in Buffalo, NY to raise awareness about the number of vacant historic homes in the city. Since then, communities around the country have adopted this effort, and now PAM is bringing it to Minnesota. This very public display of affection is a way to show the positive impact and importance (financially, culturally and aesthetically) that old buildings have on community.


On February 10, we will be affixing Valentines to a number of old buildings around the Twin Cities area including Barbette, Schmidt Brewery and a once abandoned home in North Minneapolis (see the attachment for more information about the properties). And that evening, from 6:00 to 8:00, we’ll open the doors to the Schmidt Artist Lofts in Saint Paul for a sneak peak at the once-vacant brewery that is becoming one of the Twin Cities’ most talked-about properties.


Tickets to the Schmidt event are free for PAM members and $5 for nonmembers. We’ll be serving goodies from The Buttered Tin, as well as local beer. Guests can tour the site, make Valentines for Minnesota’s historic buildings and learn more about how to get involved with preserving, protecting and promoting old buildings. Tickets are available at http://archive.mnpreservation.org/fix-it/.
Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Kick-Off Celebration is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of National Window Associates.

Our sincere thanks go out to our growing list of Annual Organizational Sponsors for making PAM’s work possible throughout 2014: Advanced Masonry Restoration, Bell Mortgage, Hess Roise, Ironton Property Management, MacDonald & Mack Architects, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, and US Bank Community Development Corporation.

About the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is a statewide, private, nonprofit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources.


 Participating Buildings

1600 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN

Anchoring a highly visible Uptown block, Cafe Barbette is one of several Kim Bartmann restaurants housed in an old building. Above the eatery is Thebe & Co, a communications-design firm.

JB Hudson House
3127 2nd Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN

This Victorian home – a contributing property to the TP Healy Historic District – was painstakingly restored over a period of 20 years. The owner is now working with PAM to protect it in perpetuity with an easement on the property.

Schmidt Brewery
Saint Paul, MN

The Schmidt Brewery is a landmark within the West 7th Neighborhood and Saint Paul as a whole. Using the State Historic Tax Credit, this once abandoned 15-acre site is now being converted into artist housing.

E. Barenson House
1358 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

Purchased by the current owner in the late 1960’s when Summit Avenue was in decline – this house has been lovingly cared for and is a shining example of Summit’s gradual return to prominence.

“Sheltering Arms House”
2648 Emerson Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN

Initially an orphanage, the “Sheltering Arms House” in North Minneapolis was once in danger of being demolished. The building was vacant for more than five years, but was purchased in Fall 2013 and is now in the process of being rehabilitated.

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