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Twin Cities Gems – James J. Hill House

I want to start a new series on here that focuses on some of my favorite places in the Twin Cities. These are the places that we as locals love and are what we want show off to visitors. A jewel in our crown if you will. 🙂

James J. Hill House - Due Midwest

Of course, you couldn’t make a list of gems in the Twin Cities without including the James J. Hill house. I’ll hit you with a little bit of history first! James J. Hill was the builder of the Great Northern Railway which spanned from St. Paul, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington and has been called the “Empire Builder”. Needless to say, he was a big deal around here and was very wealthy. The house itself was finished in 1891 and at the time was the largest and most expensive house in Minnesota. For more information about the house, head the Minnesota Historical Society page on it here.

I was lucky enough to tour the house through an instameet put on by my friends at MN Community. Quick plug on MN Community. These gals hustle on a daily basis to show of Minnesota through events and instameets. Check out their page for more information about all of their amazing upcoming events.

On a typical day, you have to take a guided tour through the house but we had the advantage of being able to explore on our own. You really got the chance to look in all the nooks and crannies and have time to admire all of the amazing details of this house. Even though this house is grand, it really is all about the craftmanship and amazing attention to detail that makes this house stand out.

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As you can see, the James J. Hill house is an architectural treasure and something we are very proud to have in the Twin Cities. To make a day of it, take a stroll down the rest of Summit Avenue and see all the other grand houses in that neighborhood. Let me know what you think of the house once you go check it out!

Tell me more, tell me more:

Hours? Open 10-4 Wednesday to Saturday, 1-4 on Sundays

Location?  Right on Summit Ave across from the Cathedral : 240 Summit Avenue  St. Paul, MN 55102

Cost? $10 for adults, $6 for kids and $8 for seniors

Tour information? 75-minute guided tour, offered every half-hour from Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 651-297-2555.

I want to know even more! For even more information and to buy tickets, head to the Minnesota Historical Society website.

James J. Hill House - St. Paul, MN

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  • Reply Alissa Schrank

    These photos are amazing Erin!! Will have to check this place out!

    May 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks Alissa! You definitely should! Great way to spend a cold/rainy afternoon 🙂

      May 24, 2017 at 2:45 PM
  • Reply Anung

    That place is gorgeous. Would love to take photos there.

    May 24, 2017 at 2:51 PM
  • Reply Jennie

    I live so close to here, but have never been inside! Now I feel motivated 🙂 Also, your photos are stunning!

    May 24, 2017 at 2:53 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thank you and you’ll have to remedy that now!

      May 24, 2017 at 4:34 PM
  • Reply Erika

    Such a stunning home. I’m so glad they’ve preserved it—look at those details!

    May 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      It really has the most amazing details and the craftsmanship is mind-blowing!

      May 24, 2017 at 4:35 PM
  • Reply An Trieu

    I was just right around the area for an outfit photo shoot. Didn’t know it’s open for public!

    May 24, 2017 at 3:11 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      Yes! Definitely go check it out! Since you have to do a tour, you may be able to wear a cute outfit and take pics inside too 🙂

      May 24, 2017 at 4:34 PM
  • Reply Darcy Coulter

    I need to explore more Twin Cities gems! Keep me inspired to get out more, girl 🙂

    May 24, 2017 at 4:22 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks Darcy! I’ll keep posting and inspiring just for you 🙂

      May 24, 2017 at 4:32 PM
  • Reply Jenn S

    I love all your photos. This place is on my bucket list for the fall. Now I just have to make it happen!

    May 25, 2017 at 5:03 PM
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    In theory, it could be less expensive in the Twin Cities than in many other places, but the cost would still be much greater than surface projects.

    September 23, 2017 at 4:57 PM
  • Reply Raelene

    Have you ever been there during some of their guided tours? I did the holiday tour, and it was tons of fun! Great photos too!!

    January 30, 2018 at 2:58 PM
    • Reply duemidwest

      I haven’t! I got to go in the basement the last time I was there which was really neat. I love the Alexander Ramsey house at Christmas!

      January 30, 2018 at 5:47 PM

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