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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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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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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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118 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
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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Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We drove here on a saturday morning, reaching around 11a.m. There are some nice houses along the way and you might pass the Cathedral of St Paul on the drive up to James J Hill mansion. The tour of the house is organized by the Minnesota Historical Society. They were well qualified and provided much information relating to the history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

James J Hill was a fascinating entrepreneur who built railroads and a whole lot else, then like Carnegie, became a prominent philanthropist later in life. This mansion offers a brilliantly interesting 75 minute tour (we had the excellent Chari for ours) and things for kids too. Hill had a passion for art - especially Corot - and many of this... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I've visited many historical homes before in the Eastern US and in Europe, and this home of a Midwestern railroad baron was a somewhat new experience. Our guide was quite good, and seeing "modern" conveniences was interesting. The furniture in the upstairs rooms was limited, but the main level was fully furnished. Small but ample bookshop.

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Gresham, OR
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Built by a railroading robber baron from the late 1800's, this magnificent mansion is an excellent example of how such men would immortalize their work and importance. Built for his family in 1891, the building is now owned and operated by the local historical society. Tours are run every half hour. Low admission for a 90 minute tour with great... More

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