Sunday, January 11, 2015

James J. Hill House

This 36,500 square foot home was built by railroad tycoon James J. Hill.  The tours are fascinating.  They teach about his life and show all of the great details of this house.  It has 5 floors, 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, servants quarters, beautiful hand carved woodwork, a three story pipe organ, and an ingenious security system.  Kids and adults love this tour.  The men even enjoyed seeing the two story giant and efficient coal room with huge stoves and system to heat and cool the house.  There are fun details, like a dust chute to use when sweeping the upper floors, hidden walls, and an ingenious security system built in 1891.  Tours are $6-$8 and about an hour long.  If you purchase a Minnesota Historical Society pass the tours are included for a year, as is the historical society museum and other home tours.

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