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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
651-297-2555
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Ranked #7 of 63 Attractions in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The James J. Hill Mansion is a rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J... more »
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Evansville, Indiana, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

At the first glimpse of this huge, red stone mansion, it is impossible to not be impressed. Everything you see seems to shout "Gilded Age personified". Once inside the magic continues. Considering that this place was built in the 1890's is even more remarkable. My wife and I were fortunate to be the only ones in a tour conducted by... More

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Forest City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is the most amazing home I have toured...so cool and who wouldn't want to live there. The place has 22 fireplaces and 13 bathrooms...wow !! It has it's own two story music room with an organ that used to be hand pumped with bellows that were located in the basement ..

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

19th century railroad magnate James J. Hill built this home in the early 1890s at a cost of $931,000 which is reportedly about $25 million in today's money. The 75-minute tour was well worth the money. The house is large and beautifully built. Contrary to my misunderstanding of the website the bulk of Mr. Hill's 19th century French landscape painting... More

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Saint Charles
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The massive home is built of reddish stone and has many mechanical features that my husband especially enjoyed. It is huge and is fun to have a tour so you hear about the lives of the family members who lived there.

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I've been to the James J. Hill house at least 10 times, and I never grow tired of it. It's full of history and treasures such as the pipe organ and paintings.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

James J. Hill was the driving force behind the Great Northern Railroad and one of the richest men of his time. This 36,000 square foot home is a reflection of that. The house went out of the family for many years and was owned by the Catholic Church. There is much work to be done to get the house back... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I work for a nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities, and we hosted a dinner event here this spring for our supporters. About 50 people attended from all over the country, and everyone was impressed with the historic venue. We could not have chosen a better location. The place is gorgeous and the views incredible. The Hill House staff... More

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I love the JJ Hill House. So much history related to the house, the man, the Cathedral, the city. We are indeed fortunate that the Historical Society has been able to keep this place open. I've been to several special events and tours over the years. They are well-run and informative.

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Sheldon, Iowa
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is an amazing house that you must see. Mr. Hill was very forward-thinking and it shows in the many innovations in their home. You get to see most of the house with the basic tour. Walking around the historic district is also eye-opening with all of the huge homes.

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Brookville, Pennsylvania
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30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This home is truly a gem in the area. The attention to detail will leave you in awe. Of the places we visited in this area, this truly stood out (and I include the Cathedral of St. Paul in this). My wife and I are fans of old homes and mansions, and in our visits this compares well to all... More

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