James J. Hill House
Saint Paul MN 55102
- Wed: 10am-3:30pm
- Thu: 10am-3:30pm
- Fri: 10am-3:30pm
- Sat: 10am-3:30pm
- Sun: 1pm-3:30pm
The James J. Hill House is a Gilded Age mansion made of massive stone. James J. Hill, who built the Great Northern Railway, also made a statement with his grand home, which was finished in 1891. There are enough nooks and crannies to make you want to come back to explore some more, and the docents love to demonstrate special features of the house.
Best Times to Visit the James J. Hill House
This site is in the middle of downtown St. Paul and has street parking, so you'll want to avoid busy times, like rush hour. Aim to visit around noon or 1 p.m., as there aren't too many visitors then and you can safely cross the streets without dodging too many cars. Hours of the James J. Hill House are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 3:30 p.m. The art gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Must See at the James J. Hill House
Definitely take the guided tour. The docents open the 'secret' door, explain the purpose of the giant step in the middle of the front stairs, and discuss the current renovations and how the house has changed over the years. You'll also want to check out the art gallery, and see the pipe organ nestled between the gallery's two doorways.
Admission to the James J. Hill House
It's in the $10 range, with discounts for seniors, children ages 6 – 17, and college students. Children ages 5 and under are free.
Parking at the James H. Hill House
Sidewalks surround the front of the house, and the streets are well-paved and open. You can walk up, bike over, or park fairly close to the house itself. Call 651 – 297- 2555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Food at the James J. Hill House
No food or beverages are sold at this location.
Insider Tip for the James J. Hill House
Just a short walk away is the Cathedral of St. Paul. This awe-inspiring church is beautiful, with stained glass, tremendous pillars, and a thundering pipe organ -– which is sometimes practiced during the day. While this is a working church with Mass and confession, visitors are welcome to respectfully come in and absorb some of the cathedral's grandeur.
Author's Bio: Old tales, antique furniture and curious details are Louisa Danielson's favorite part about visiting historic sites. She is a freelance writer who specializes in tourism and community event information.