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James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102
James J Hill House.

James J. Hill House.

Photo credit: By McGhiever (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The James J. Hill House in Saint Paul was built by railroad magnate James J. Hill. The house, completed in 1891, was the "showcase of St. Paul" until Hill's death in 1916. The house was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, featuring randomly sized blocks of stone, sturdy pillars, rounded arches, and a generally strong horizontal emphasis. The home has 36,000 square feet of living area and 44,552 square feet of total space. The interior features an art gallery that housed Hill's collection of painting and sculpture. It even had a pipe organ, installed after someone suggested to Hill that other wealthy people had pipe organs in their homes. The house had a hybrid system of gas and electric lighting, with rotary switches on the walls to turn on the electric lights. The Minnesota Historical Society acquired the house in 1978. It has been restored and is now open for tours.

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