Basilica of Saint Mary and Saint Paul Cathedral

Comparing two great historic buildings in the Twin Cities….  Basilica of Saint Mary and The Saint Paul Cathedral. Both of which have similar architectural features and share the same architect, it’s no wonder they are both such show stopping buildings.

Basilica of Saint Mary

Basilica of Saint Mary

Interior of  Basilica of Saint Mary

Saint Paul Cathedral

Saint Paul Cathedral

Interior of Saint Paul Cathedral

Have you had a chance to tour these stunning architectural treats?

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Architectural Detail- Columns

Columns not only offer support to a dwelling, they can be a great architectural detail as well. Depending on the style of architecture they can range from hand carved deep mahogany to sleek and ultra modern.


Arts and Crafts


Mid Century


Italian Renaissance Revival

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The James J. Hill House- History

If you haven’t yet gotten the opportunity to check out the James J. Hill house on Summit Ave. in St. Paul, I highly recommend that you do so. I’ve made a few visits over the past few years and am always impressed, even beyond the stunning architectural details, pipe organ and 22 fireplaces there is so much to take in.

Pipe Organ
  • Completed in 1891
  • 36,000 sq ft (largest residence in Minnesota)
  • U.S. National Historic Landmark
  • Designed by Peabody, Stearns and Furber
  • Architectural style is Richardsonian Romanesque
  • James J. Hill supervised the design and construction very closely
  • Hybrid lighting system of both gas and electric
  • Hand tooled leather walls
    Upper Skylight
Grand Staircase
Have you been? What’s your favorite part?
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