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Guess When This House Was Built: 3 Clues

Date of Construction Multiple Choice Relying only on the picture of the basement (above), guess the age of this Kenwood (Minneapolis) home: A. Less than 10 years old; B. 50 years old; C. 75 years old; D. Over 120 years old. Correct answer:  “D.” The giveaway:  the limestone foundation, characteristic of Twin Cities homes built...
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“Year Built: 1900”

Ever wonder why — according to Hennepin County tax records — so many properties were built in 1900? No, that wasn’t the peak of a construction boom. The answer:  county records don’t go back any further. So, any property built before then is simply coded as “1900.” In practice, it’s possible to guess the structure’s...
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