Summit Avenue Walking Tours

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  • Sat: 11:00am & 2:00pm, Sun: 2:00pm

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  1. James J. Hill House

    240 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555

    The largest home on St. Paul’s historic Summit Avenue, the elegant Hill House is also a marvel of late-1800s technology.

    Best known as the founder of the Great Northern Railway(now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe), James J. Hill was known as "The Empire Builder" for his vast business holdings. Hill’s success was reflected in the grand 42-room mansion he commissioned, which was completed in 1891. At the time, it was the largest private residence in Minnesota, and its mechanical systems – indoor plumbing, central heating, electric and gas lighting – were state of the art. Today, the home is open year-round for tours, art exhibits and special events. Visitors learn about the life and times of Hill, his family and their servants.

  2. Summit Avenue Walking Tour

    240 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555


    May 5, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

    Take a 90-minute tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The walking tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.

    The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways, and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. The popular tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday, May through September.

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