James J. Hill House
James J. Hill House
Peabody, Robert Swain, 1845-1917 and
Stearns, John Goddard, d. 1917
Collection contains the
floor plans for the James J. Hill House.
Minnesota Libraries. Northwest Architectural Archives, Manuscripts
Access and Use
Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance
notice is requested.
There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection.
Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.
James J. Hill House plans (N 27), Northwest Architectural Archives,
University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.
James J. Hill (1838-1916) became one of the leading railroad barons in
America in the closing decades of the 19th century and first decade of the
20th. Allied with banking magnate J.P. Morgan, Hill worked to control a vast
railroad network stretching from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest and including
three railroads: the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Burlington. Born in
Canada, Hill moved to St. Paul before the Civil War and by 1879 was part owner
of a local railroad company. By the turn of the century, he was a
multi-millionaire and one of the nation's most important entrepreneurs. He
lived most of his life in St. Paul and built a large and prestigious mansion,
designed by the architectural firm Peabody and Steams, on Summit Avenue in
Robert Peabody was born in New Bedford, MA, on February 22, 1845. He
received an A.B. degree in architecture from Harvard University in 1866 and a
master's degree in 1870. In 1868, he graduated from the École des Beaux Arts in
Paris. He began practicing architecture in Boston in 1870 and was awarded the
FAIA in 1889. Peabody died on September 23, 1917, in Marblehead, MA.
John Steams graduated from Harvard College in 1863 and was named an
FAIA in 1894. He died in Duxbury, MA, on September 17, 1917.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The papers consist of floor plans for the Hill mansion, executed by
Peabody & Steams in 1889-1990. There are 8 sheets of blackline
reproductions of sepia prints which include plans of the basement, first,
second, and third floors.
The originals of the plans are held by the Minnesota Historical
Society, the owner of the house.
- This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog
of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about
related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these
- Hill, James
Jerome, 1838-1916 -- Homes and haunts -- Minnesota -- Saint Paul
Robert Swain, 1845-1917
John Goddard, d. 1917
- James J. Hill
House (Saint Paul, Minn.)
- Architecture, Domestic --
Minnesota -- Saint Paul