The wait list for the Oct. 9th tour was getting longer every day, so the logical thing to do was to schedule a second date. I hope that all those who were on the wait list will be able to make this date.
James J. Hill is one of the most (im)famous names in Minnesota's history. Most notably for his mansion and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Many of us have toured the mansion before, but you really haven't seen all there is to see, the "Nooks and Crannies" tour takes us to the areas that are not included in the regular tour. Let me say right off the bat that this tour will fill up fast, so sign up now if you plan to come. I have been asked to limit this tour to 40 people. There is an $8.00 per person charge for the tour plus a voluntary $2.00 donation for Meetup expenses. I will collect the fee at the mansion and will make one payment for the group.
Explore the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault and more on this 90-minute "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Hill House. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view the coal storage area and take a tour of the gate house overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century, and the difficulties of preserving such a building today. The interior of mansion has some special features that are very unique. The wood decor is beautifully crafted and the art collection is wonderful. One feature that amazes visitors is a pipe organ that if we're lucky, we'll be able to hear. Photos are permitted but they do not allow a flash to be used.
There are a lot of stairs on this tour but there is an elevator, so keep that in mind, I'll take them slowly. Send a search party if I go missing!
If there is something going on at the Cathedral, parking could be a bit of a hassle, it might be a good idea to allow for a little extra time for parking.
Our after tour get together will be at Dixies on Grand, 695 Grand Ave. [masked]. I'm making reservations for 2:30. They have good food and they can handle a large group. Last time we just dropped in and they accommodated us very nicely and we all appreciated the friendly service. I like to give them our support. http://www.dixiesongrand.com/menus.php?mID=2
If you can't make it to the Hill House, please feel free to join us for lunch.