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Very large mansion of a railroad baron, well presented

Hill was an engineer by inclination and the very masculine no-nonsense lines of the exterior... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sydney, Australia
A Must See

While visiting Summit Ave,we saw this house was opened for tours. It was built in 1891 by James... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fort Myers, Florida
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Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age...more
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240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Hill was an engineer by inclination and the very masculine no-nonsense lines of the exterior reflect this, as well as the very functional interior, as elegant as it is. The tour is a must to understand what you are seeing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Summit Ave,we saw this house was opened for tours. It was built in 1891 by James Hill who was the owner and developer of the Great Northern Railroad. Well worth seeing.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you're interested in history or not, this is worth a visit. Only $10/adult in the guided tour. MN Historical society does a good job. (Free un-guided on Sundays) The area is lovely. Take some time to stroll summit ave and admire the other mansions....More

Thank Christina F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth seeing! Our tour guide was excellent, very informative and knew her history. Amazing architecture and carvings for our time, much less their time period. Definitely want to come back for the Christmas season. If you're into history, don't miss this!

Thank Pat H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in St. Paul you have to go see this house. It is amazing. The outside is an imposing sandstone structure and the inside is 30,00 SF of carved oak. As good as the house is - and it is good - the...More

Thank Stuart S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited James J. Hill House about 10 years ago and recently visited again with out of town relatives. It had been a long enough time that I had forgotten most of the details about this house, Mr. Hill, and his family and how America...More

Thank G B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

James J Hill was a major railroad baron, and he built his house to match (and to accommodate his astonishing number of children). We went on Sunday, when the tours are self-conducted. This worked fine, with cheerful, well-informed staff members strategically placed throughout the house...More

Thank Rick628
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is more than amazing, and it was great fun to see how the other "half" used to live. It's hard to imagine such wealth, but the Hills did it right in the Gilded Age. The tour was very much worth the time and...More

Thank SteveMirn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful old mansion built by one of our 19th century industrialists, James J. Hill. He was the "Empire Builder" of the Great Northern Railroad. The house is on a river bluff above the Mississippi and has a great view out over the...More

Thank sc0x
Reviewed 15 June 2018

I was impressed with the state of preservation of this historic house. Our tour guide was very well prepared, and the size of our tour group was quite reasonable. I recommend a visit to this interesting house.

Thank Daniel S
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Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
No. We bought our tickets online because of the special concert at Christmas.
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Response from Kpaul1205 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The Holiday Inn Downtown St. Paul is close by the JJ Hill House. It is about a 12 minute walk or less than 5 minute car ride. I haven't been to the Holiday Inn in several years but I'm assuming it is still nice... More