Summit-University is a St. Paul neighborhood that is considered economically and ethnically diverse. It includes the Cathedral Hill neighborhood and what remains of the Rondo neighborhood. Rondo was a thriving African American city since the Civil War, but not much of it remains today. Baseball great, Dave Winfield, is from Summit-University, and F. Scott Fitzgerald was born here, even though he's better known for living in Summit Hill.
Summit-University was established in the 1880s/1890s with a mixture of apartment buildings and duplexes next to mansions. It was called the Hill District at this time and considered one of the best solidly middles-class neighborhoods in America in the 1930s. Summit-University has had its ups and downs since then, but it's once again considered a comfortable neighborhood in which to live. It's populated with historic homes, Victorian-style houses, apartment buildings, townhouses, and single-family homes. It has several retail areas in the neighborhood, and it's close to downtown.
Green / Environmental
Saint Paul has very little in environmental policies. Introduced in 2020, they are asking large buildings to monitor water and energy usage for benchmarking purposes. That's about it.
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Community Arts & Recreation
DEC: James J Hill House - (240 Summit Avenue, 651-297-2555, website) This magnificent 36,000 sqft home was built in 1891 by James J Hill. Hill made his fortune in the rail road, and purchased the lots on Summit Avenue for it's commanding view of St. Paul. He built the house using state of the art technology back in those days, incorporating electric lighting and a unique ventilation / heating system. This Richardsonian Romanesque style home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a museum worth visiting.
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