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The tour is scheduled during Women of the ELCA’s Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16.
A drive along Summit Avenue will take you by the James J. Hill House, the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Governor’s mansion.
You’ll visit the Cathedral of Saint Paul, modeled after St. Peter’s in Rome and one of the largest church buildings in North America, seating 4,000 people.
Among its many points of interest are the 175-foot-high copper dome, the canopy over the altar with its six black-and-gold Portora marble columns, the bronze grille at the rear of the sanctuary and the six chapels called the Shrine of Nations. In each chapel stands a statue of the patron saint of the nation whose people settled St. Paul. The statues are carved out of marble imported from those countries.
Next, you’ll stop at Café Minnesota for lunch, a casual self-serve diner.
Your final stop is at the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. James J. Hill, the “Empire Builder,” purchased a bankrupt railroad in St. Paul in the late 1800s and built the Great Northern Railway.
When completed in 1891, the James J. Hill House was the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. Its 36,000 square feet of space cost $1 million dollars to build. At Hill’s death in 1916, his personal fortune was estimated at $63 million.
The four-hour tour is Thursday, July 13, at 11 a.m. or Sunday, July 16, at 12 p.m. Cost is $70 per person.