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Summit Avenue - Grand Mansions and Historic Buildings

Summit Avenue has long been Saint Paul's most prestigious address and no visit would be complete without a drive down this stately avenue, the country's longest span of intact, residential Victorian architecture. Wrought iron gates, stained glass windows, enduring stone and brick, graceful pillars and beautifully land- scaped gardens beckon along the avenue as it stretches 4.5 miles to the Mississippi River.
Walking tours of Summit Avenue are offered during the summer months, courtesy of the guides of the James J. Hill House.

Governor's mansion

If time permits, you can stop for a tour of the Victorian home of the state's first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, or the Sibley House, home of Minnesota's first state governor, Henry Hastings Sibley. You can also make an appointment to see the present day Governor's mansion located on Summit Avenue. The mansion features gracefully curved stairways and beautifully hand-carved woodwork. Take a peek on a free, one-hour guided tour, but make sure you call for an appointment.

James J. Hill Mansion

In 1891 'Empire Builder' James J. Hill, founder of the Great Northern Railroad, graced 240 Summit with the largest mansion in the Midwest. The intricate woodcarvings, stained glass windows, two-story pipe organ, 22 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, cut-glass chandeliers and a two-story art gallery suitably impressed Hill's wealthy visitors. Today's visitors are equally impressed.

The James J. Hill Mansion
The James J. Hill Mansion



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