The 161-year-old downtown building that housed the first doctor’s office in Rochester recently was purchased for $675,000, and the new owner is looking for a tenant.
Commercial Rochester Realtor and investor Bucky Beeman purchased the historic Kelley Building at 330 S. Broadway on Oct. 1. The building’s longtime occupant, Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers, moved out in September.
Kelly Patterson sold the 4,700-square-foot building on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and Broadway. The Patterson family purchased it from Kevin Lund for $380,000 in 2002.
“My hope is to find a business that is wanting to rent the building. I’m excited to see who will call that historic building home,” said Beeman. A Realtor for Realty Growth Inc., Beeman also has ownership in other downtown properties, including the Riverside Building at 400 S. Broadway.
Olmsted County estimated the total market value of the property at $349,500 for 2020-2021.
The building has housed a wide variety of tenants in its long history, though it has solely served as a law office since it was renovated by Kevin Lund and his father, Anthony Lund, in 1993 for their law firm. That firm later became Lund & Patterson.
Dahlberg partnered with Thomas R. Patterson in 2009 to form Patterson and Dahlberg
Dr. Lewis Halsey Kelley, Rochester’s first doctor and the building’s namesake, built it in 1857, when the city was a three-year-old cluster of buildings on an intersection of two roads into the Minnesota Territory. It was the young city’s first brick building.
Its tenants have included Andrews Dry Goods, Sam Blackson’s Saloon, the city's first newspaper The Rochester City Post, Upman & Poole Drugs, Anderson’s Drug Store, Quality Print Shop and Huey’s Cigar Store.
As 2020 grinds toward a close, the city will see history made as something new happens on that corner.