Cathedral, Ramsey, and Summit Hills Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Cathedral, Ramsey, and Summit Hills—often referred to simply as the Hill District—was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and the area is acknowledged for some of the best-preserved Victorian homes in the U.S. However, it fell into hard times in the Depression years of the ’30s. It did not recover until the late ’60s, when urban pioneers purchased the homes, often for a pittance of their value, and restored them to their architectural glory.
Located on the bluff above downtown St. Paul, the first mansions were built on Summit Hill in the 1850s, but many of the eclectic Victorian mansions were built in the 1880s. James J. Hill, the railroad-tycoon creator of the Great Northern Railway, built his massive red sandstone mansion in 1891."