Tour Summit Avenue and See F. Scott Fitzgerald's St. Paul in September

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Release dated: 
August 14, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Craig Johnson • James J. Hill House • 651-296-9396 •

Quick facts: 

Place: James J. Hill House
Address: 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: Tours: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 651-297-2555

Tour Summit Avenue and See F. Scott Fitzgerald's St. Paul in September

This September there are two great ways to explore the Summit Hill neighborhood of St. Paul. A walking tour of Summit Avenue is offered every Saturday and Sunday through September, and on Sept. 21 and 22, the birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald will be recognized with a special walking tour of the neighborhood that Fitzgerald called home.

What: Summit Avenue Walking Tour
When: Saturdays and Sundays through September
Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations recommended, call 651-297-2555

summit avenue signTake a 90-minute walking tour of Summit Avenue, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tour highlights the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul.

These popular tours are offered every weekend from May through September.

f scott and zeldaWhat: F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22
Time: 1 and 3 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
Reservations required, call 651-297-2555

Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, Sept. 24, 1896, with a 75-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. The tour begins at the Commodore Hotel at 79 Western Ave., and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel “This Side of Paradise,” and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave.

Participants will hear about Fitzgerald’s early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda (pictured at left) the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels, and connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers -- from Sinclair Lewis to Garrison Keillor, Patricia Hampl and August Wilson.

About the James J. Hill House

Completed in 1891, the Gilded Age mansion was the residence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and his family. The home is located one-half block west of the Cathedral of St. Paul at 240 Summit Avenue. It is open for regular tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 651-297-2555.

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