Duration: 10 weeks



Named one of 10 “great streets" nationally by the American Planning Association, Summit Avenue is a street in Saint Paul, Minnesota, known for being the longest avenue of Victorian Era homes in the country. The street starts just west of downtown Saint Paul and continues 4.5 miles west to the Mississippi River where Saint Paul meets Minneapolis.

During the summer months, The Minnesota Historical Society holds the Summit Avenue Walking Tour in which you are guided through the rich history of St. Paul via the stunning architecture. You will go through the opulent mansion of railroad tycoon James J. Hill, an early home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and several residences designed by renowned architects. 

As a native Minnesotan and a lover of architecture, it was a delight to create an illustrated guide book for a hand-picked and well researched selection of homes to be featured on the tour. This 6 foot long, double sided, accordion fold guide highlights the fascinating stories of the mansions and the people who owned and built them while focusing on architecture, social history and the famous residents.

Illustration of the James J. Hill House


Illustration of the Governor’s Mansion