Archive for the ‘Historic Home Walking Tours’ Category

Historic Walking Tour of Edina’s Country Club District set for May 7th, 2016

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

CCWT 2016Join the Country Club Neighbors for Preservation for the 2nd-Annual Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour on Saturday, May 7 for a stoll through the history and architecture of the Country Club District in Edina. Begin at Wooddale Park Pavilion, 4500 W. 50th Street, Edina for check in at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. tour. Ticket fee of $10 payable by cash or check, advance registration at

Six original Country Club homes on Arden and Bruce Avenues will be featured, as well as the Baird Farmhouse, the Victorian era styled home of Sarah and George Baird, whose farmland was sold to help create Minnesota’s first planned community. This 1886 built home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The featured homes on the tour represent a variety of architectural styles of the period, including English Cottage, Italian Renaissance, Mediterranean, and Bungalow. Most homes were built between 1924-1944.

WCCO coverage of the Ramsey Hill House Tour

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Check out this mornings LIVE WCCO interview for the Ramsey Hill House Tour. I was up at 4 am to get to the shoot and it was really fun! Writing for the last three tours has been educational and every one has been different. Though each is a lot of work, I look forward to the next tour in 2015!

Make sure to come out tonight! The tour runs from 4-9pm and tickets can be bought at 301 Summit Avenue in St. Paul (the Germanic American Institute). Hope to see you there! You can also visit for more information.

Ramsey Hill House Tour video of the Louis Hill Mansion on Summit Avenue

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Ramsey Hill Association House Tour

Monday, September 14th, 2009

The Ramsey Hill biannual house tour was yesterday. It was a gorgeous day for walking the historic neighborhood and viewing how many families have updated their homes for today’s lifestyle, while keeping the historic integrity of the homes intact.

Ramsey Hill Historic House Tour 2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

In case you don’t know, the Ramsey Hill Association in Saint Paul will be hosting their biannual historic house tour in two weeks. This year visitors will get the chance to tour 11 homes, including two private gardens, and numerous other landmarks in the Ramsey Hill neighborhood, including the Germanic-American Institute, where you can get a free complimentary beer, and the College of Visual Arts Gallery.

Scheduled for September 13, 2009, from 11am – 5pm, tickets can be purchased online, or you buy them at the following locations:

  • The Bibelot Shops
    1082 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
    2276 Como Avenue, St. Paul
    4315 Upton Avenue South, Minneapolis
    300 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
  • Common Good Books, 165 North Western Avenue, St. Paul
  • Frattallone’s Ace Hardware at 850 Grand Avenue, St. Paul
  • Hirshfield’s Decorating Centers
  • Kowalskis Markets (All locations)
  • Selby Wine and Spirits, 778 Selby Avenue, St. Paul
  • Solo Vino, 517 Selby Avenue, St. Paul

Summit Hill House Tour

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

If you are a fan of historic homes, make sure to get tickets to the Summit Hill House Tour on September 14, 2008. From Noon-6pm, tour some grand homes located in the nationally famous area of Saint Paul that is filled with historic architectural treasures. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Summit Hill Association website.

Ramsey Hill Neighborhood Walking Tour

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

If you are looking for something fun to do this Mother’s Day, why not enjoy a stroll with Saint Paul historian and writer Jane McClure as she takes us “Off the Beaten Path”. This Sunday, May 11, from 2-4 pm, explore the location for the first school patrol in the country, the Selby street car tunnel, Irvine Avenue, and parts of Ramsey Hill not located in the Historic Hill Preservation District.

Meet at the flagpole located on Summit Avenue, across from the Saint Paul Cathedral.

Minneapolis-St. Paul April Home Tour

Friday, April 18th, 2008
Environmentally-Friendly Victorian Home to Be Showcased At Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour

At 95 Mackubin Street, in the Ramsey Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, one historic Victorian house is receiving an earth-friendly modernization. Green remodeling expert Building Arts will showcase the project at this April’s Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour.

A pilot project for Minnesota GreenStar Certified Green Homes and Remodeling, this home features geothermal heating and cooling, recycled flooring, Marvin Low E windows, energy-saving appliances, closed-cell foam insulation, and other innovative, earth-conscious elements. The floor plan has also been updated for contemporary living, with abundant natural light and an open plan for ventilation.

From concept through construction, Building Arts dedicates itself to creating spaces that reflect their owners and honor the environment. A local, full service residential remodeling company, Building Arts has always operated with a focus on sustainable construction.

Harvey Sherman, owner of Building Arts, has worked in the design and building industry for over 25 years as an architect, teacher, and residential remodeling contractor. Sherman takes his work and his dedication to the environment seriously. On this project, Sherman says the intent is “to bring the home up to date with current green thinking.”

Last year, more than 5,300 people visited the Home Tour, and success is expected again this year at this free, self-guided event. The Tour runs on April 26th and 27th, from 10 to 5 on Saturday and 1 to 5 on Sunday. Learn more at and visit for contact information, project photos and more.

Ramsey Hill Walking Tour

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

The Ramsey Hill Association will be hosting the 2007 tour of Historic Homes in St Paul on Sunday, September 16th. Tour hours are for one day only, from 11 am to 5 pm and will include homes located on and around the Famous Summit Avenue.

This year the Tour will be taking on a special theme:

“Decades of Design: 150 Years of Ramsey Hill Architecture” and will offer a decade by decade walking tour of homes in this historic neighborhood. Not just a historic tour of the oldest homes, this tour will give an excellent example of how architecture has changed during our lifetime.

Ticket prices are $20 per person and can be bought online at the Association’s website. Proceeds go to the restoration of Lookout Park, crime prevention, park beautification and neighborhood grants to community organizations including the Walker West Music Academy, Saint Paul Urban Tennis League and the YWCA’s We Care for Kids program.

Milwaukee Avenue Historic Home Walking Tour

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Minneapolis Home Tour Celebrates 30 Years of Successful Historic Preservation

September 23, 2007
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance/ $15 at door
Tickets will go on sale in late August

Residents of the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District will host their first-ever Historic Milwaukee Avenue Home Tour. A celebration of the 30th anniversary of this remarkable preservation effort, the tour offers an opportunity for visitors to learn about a unique urban district in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis and see inside charming workmen’s cottages, many dating from the 1880s.

At least seven homes will be open for touring, representing a range of housing types that were restored, rehabilitated or designed as infill in the 1970s-era project. All are in close walking distance along a car-free pedestrian mall, also a notable part of the preservation effort. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Seward Neighborhood Group.

Purchase tickets by calling the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota at (651) 293-9047.

About the Milwaukee Avenue preservation effort: Thirty years ago, the City of Minneapolis planned to demolish this area in west Seward as part of its plan to improve urban housing stock. Visionary neighbors, many of whom still live on or near the block, fought to save these homes, preserving many of them. In 1977, the avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its status as a district of working-class homes that commonly housed immigrant laborers.