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Vacant-home tour: Dayton's Bluff past holds key to future

A 1950s-era city bus borrowed from the Minnesota Museum of Transportation will pull up at 798 E. Seventh St. shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6, to pick up a crowd of tour-goers.

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A 1950s-era city bus borrowed from the Minnesota Museum of Transportation will pull up at 798 ESeventh Stshortly before 1 p.mSunday, May 6, to pick up a crowd of tour-goers. Their destination? Ten empty houses dotting Dayton's Bluff. Participants can also walk or drive themselves, but for this sightseeing trip, feel free to leave the patterned Hawaiian shirts and sunblock at home. "This is a kind of a come-as-you-are-type thing," said Karin DuPaul, community organizer with the Dayton's Bluff Community Council, which is hosting the free eventIn her view, the tour is part real estate review, part history project Dayton's Bluff is home to some of the city's oldest housing, and most of the properties on the tour are newly restored, on the market and "move-in ready." "It's stunning the way they've changed themIt's going to be a fun tour," she said"They're older homes just waiting for the right opportunityMost of them are all fixed up and waiting for the right people." The tour, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., will make stops at 314 Bates Ave., 1203 Bush Ave., 868 Fremont Ave., 336 Maple Stand six other homesThe properties are described in a 19-page booklet prepared for the event. At 868 Fremont Ave., Marpe Development restored an 1896 three-bedroom house and added a half-bath off the den Not far away at 336 Maple St., Marpe worked with Historic StPaul to replicate distinctive porch columns and restore the lap siding of a three-bedroom, 11/2-story property built in 1890.Advertisement

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