James J. Hill House

James J Hill House.

The Gilded Age mansion of "The Empire Builder"

James J Hill House.

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


Summit Avenue walking tours

Saturdays and Sundays

St. Paul's Summit Avenue is the longest stretch of Victorian mansions remaining in the country. Guides talk about the architecture, social history, and preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.

Explore the mansion

Thursdays through Sundays

Explore the sumptuous Gilded Age mansion of railroad titan James J. Hill. Learn about the life and times of the Hill family and their network of servants, workers, and guests.

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