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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Ranked #9 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This is a very fun place to visit,House has some cool features and architecture, very knowledgable tour staff and in a really cool area of the city. Also has a neat Art gallery that should take time to go and see.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A lot of history is at this place. Beauty is right there in the design and uniqueness for it's time in St. Paul's history. It is located in an historic setting with views of the city, State Capital and the St. Paul Cathedral all close. Many things to see in this area.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I wish they still built things like this today. Need to see it to believe it. If you are not into architecture and history this is not for you but all of the homes in this area are outstanding and an amazing street to drive down

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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Visited over a weekend- this one is located right across from the St. Paul Cathedral. The tour of this magnificent house is provided by Minneapolis Historical society- lasts usually 75-90 minutes. Almost amazing to think this house kept up with technology for the time it was built (surveillance, gas and electric heating), with secret doors for keeping valuables in dining... More

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Bethesda, MD
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153 reviews 153 reviews
41 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Our guide basically read from a script which was mostly trivia of no particular importance to me. She had a microphone, and speaker that rested on her chest, but was almost always facing away or perpendicular to the group. I have very good hearing, but much of her dialogue was lost in the noise of the street. You would think... More

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Evansville, Indiana, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
41 helpful votes 41 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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