James J. Hill House

Also known as: Hill House
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota



From 1891 until his death, this was the residence of James J. Hill (1838-1916), one of the great railroad builders in the American West and one of the leading financiers of the 19th century. Known as the "Empire Builder", Hill acquired a number of railroads throughout the Northwest and merged several into the Great Northern Railway Company (1890). His efforts did much to bring the region from St. Paul to the Pacific into the mainstream of American commerce. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 5, 1961

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
NR name
Hill, James J., House
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Victorian: Romanesque; Richardsonian Romanesque
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1889; 1891; 1916