Can’t visit us in person? Connect with the Alexander Ramsey House from the comfort of your own home!
Built in the 1870s as the dream home of Minnesota’s second governor, Alexander Ramsey, and his wife Anna, the handsome native limestone home was one of the first in St. Paul to receive running water, piped in from Lake Phalen. It was equipped with the latest technology of the time — hot and cold water, gas lighting, and hot water radiators – and lavishly furnished with nearly two boxcars worth of purchases from the A.T. Stewart department store in New York.
The house was originally “wired”—not for electricity, but with a sophisticated call system for the staff. Learn about this early “intercom” and more with a self-guided, room-by-room virtual tour from your desktop or mobile device.
Virtual tour tips
- To look around, click and hold on the mouse or touchpad. Then move the mouse or a finger on the touchpad to the left, right, up or down to shift the view.
- To move on to another area, find a circled arrow and place the navigation hand on it. Words will appear describing where it leads. Click on the symbol to proceed.
- Visitors can also move on to another area by clicking on the thumbnail photos located below the main tour view.
- Fun facts and notable features are highlighted by an “i” enclosed in a circle.
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