James J. Hill House
This historic mansion was built in 1891 by railroad magnate James J. Hill (1838-1916), owner of the Great Northern Railway, which built railroad tracks that ran from the Upper Midwest, through the Great Plains, and terminating in the Pacific Northwest. Given the size of the Great Northern, Hill was given the nickname "Empire Builder". To demonstrate his wealth and social standing, Hill constructed the large mansion, which is four stories tall and features 32 rooms, 18 of which are bathrooms. The house also features a billiard room, a large pipe organ, and a two-story art gallery covered by a skylight roof. The Minnesota Historical Society owns and operates the mansion and it is open to the public. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Backstory and Context
Lissandrello, Stephen. "James J. Hill House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 15, 1966. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/0a5fda9f-5623-46cc-8cf6-26c4b13a5614.