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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 651-297-2555
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Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This massive red sandstone mansion was the home of James J. Hill, builder...
This massive red sandstone mansion was the home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and is a fine representation of life during the Gilded Age.
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Historic Landmark and Mansion built in 1891

Went on a tour . Home is filled with Oak and Mahogany, many chandeliers, mechanical systems, gas and electric lighting, plumbing, and ventilation when no one else had them.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Went on a tour . Home is filled with Oak and Mahogany, many chandeliers, mechanical systems, gas and electric lighting, plumbing, and ventilation when no one else had them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful home in fantastic condition's. It's Saint Paul's very own Downton Abbey that is open to explore.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We will be back to take the full tour of this mansion. Unfortunately, the day we visited tours were not available. We did get to see a couple of the rooms & watch a video about James Hill - who knew he was Canadian?! This building is spectacular in the detail of the workmanship & the opulence of the era.... More 

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Loyal, Wisconsin
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you are in Saint Paul I would highly recommend a stop at the James J. Hill House! The 90 minute tour was packed with neat little facts about the Hills. The house is beautiful, stately, and in great condition considering it's age.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I found this home fasinating, the tour is a must. This is a rare gem. It's a great way to learn history as well. The details in this home cannot be duplicated. It's so worth seeing. There are 364 other Victorian homes on the same street. They are not open, but lovely to see. You can drive or walk it.

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Roberts, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I am new to the Twin Cities and had little knowledge of James J. Hill. What an "empire builder" he was! As F. Scott Fitzgerald said In The Great Gatsby, Hill is the man whom Gatsby's father says Gatsby would have equalled if he had lived long enough. Enter into his home on the wonderful and impressive Summit Avenue and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We took the basic 75 min tour as we came on a weekday, otherwise we would have enjoyed the longer "nooks & crannies" tour which is more detailed. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept things moving and enjoyed tour of 3 floors plus basement. There is an elevator for those not wishing to walk the steps. Halfway through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you are interested in history and/or appreciate beautiful woodwork and grand old homes, don't miss the James J. Hill house tour. Tours are every half-hour and fill up quickly on most days. We made a reservation the day of the tour. Our tour guide was from the Historical Society. The tour was informative and interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

James J. Hill and his wife were movers and shakers of the Great Northern Railway. He was Canadian-American and worked his way literally up from the mud of the Mississippi (and his wife a waitress) to one of the wealthiest families of his day. The home is 36,000 sq. ft. with impressive chandeliers, art gallery and working organ. When the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Very well built and laid out nicely. We learned a lot about the family as we saw how they lived. Our guide from the historical society was very good and very knowledgeable of the family and the times the Hill family lived there. The volunteers at the reception desk were very friendly and were helpful to answer our questions.

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Additional Information about James J Hill House

Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 651-297-2555
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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