Ramsey Hill in St. Paul, an area bounded by Summit Avenue, Dale Street, I-94, and a line running north from the Cathedral of Saint Paul, is home to a number of large, distinctive houses built between 1890 and 1920. The nonprofit Ramsey Hill Association schedules a biennial walking tour of a number of these homes, allowing visitors to explore—on their own—the history and architecture of the storied area. This year’s tour takes place from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. You can register here. Tickets are $30.
This year’s tour is titled “Treasures of Ramsey Hill.” The popular self-guided tour includes more than 10 treasured homes rarely open to the public. They include:
Burbank Livingston Griggs Mansion: A mid-19th century Italianate-style limestone mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that’s perched high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River Valley.
476 Summit Avenue Haunted House: A Victorian sandstone mansion built in 1883.
235 Summit Avenue: A dovetailing of Italianate and French Second Empire styles built in 1878.
421 Summit Avenue: A Beaux Arts and Italian Renaissance style home built in 1912 and designed by Chicago-based firm Marshall and Fox.
By Camille LeFevre