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An architectural tour of some of the finest homes in Minnesota situated around Minneapolis’s famed Chain of Lakes.

The grand staircase of the James J. Hill House in St. Paul

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The Ramsey House, at 265 South Exchange Street, St. Paul

The Charles S. Pillsbury House, now the home of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota

National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota

The Gale Mansion, originally the home of Edward Chanary Gale and his wife, Sara Bell Pillsbury, is currently owned by the American Association of University Women

AAUW Minneapolis

The William J. Mayo House in Rochester, Minnesota

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Historic Homes of Minnesota: Internationally known historian Roger G. Kennedy details the wonderful story of the evolution of architectural styles of Minnesota from 1830 to 1914.

Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka: A stunningly photographed volume that invites readers inside thirty historic and architecturally significant homes on beautiful Lake Minnetonka.

Minnesota Open House: A Guide to Historic House Museums The user-friendly guide to nearly two-hundred breathtaking historic house museums across Minnesota.

Democrat Office and home of Jane Grey Swisshelm, St. Cloud.

Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway.

James J. Hill House | Historic Sites Minnesota Historical Society