James J. Hill House

Exterior shot of Hill House in the winter.

The Gilded Age mansion of "The Empire Builder"

The Gilded Age mansion of
"The Empire Builder"

Explore upstairs and downstairs life in Minnesota's Downton Abbey — a 36,000-square-foot mansion built for railroad titan James J. Hill.

Tour group standing outside front of James J. Hill House

House tours

Winter on the hill.

Winter on the Hill

Saturdays and Sundays, January - February

Tours of the James J. Hill House every half hour will focus on the Hill family's involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and celebrated, Minnesota's most famous season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles and play games made from household items.

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Guided House Tours.

Guided house tours

Wednesdays through Sundays, January - November

Learn about James J. Hill’s influence on the region and about his network of family members, servants, workers, and guests. Marvel at the impressive house details such as chandeliers, stained glass, and hand-carved woodwork sprawled throughout the home. Last tour is at 3:30 pm.

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The largest house in St. Paul

The rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems of this magnificent Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway.

With 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 chandeliers, a reception hall nearly 100 feet long, sophisticated technical systems, and a two-story, skylit art gallery, it was once the largest private residence in the state.

The home served as the center for the public and private lives of the Hill family for 30 years. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Exterior photo of the front house, from the northwest corner


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