Tuesday, June 4, 2013
My husband and I took the Nooks & Crannies tour at one of my favorite places tonight: the Hill House at 240 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Completed in 1891, it is the state's largest residence and is filled with so many intriguing innovations for the time period. James J. Hill, the Empire Builder, built this mansion on the bluff overlooking the city, and it is still a magnificent place.
In the art gallery, there is a beautiful pipe organ, and because the tour guide wanted to demonstrate its sound, he asked for someone who could play it to do so. Well, I was not prepared for this moment, but I certainly could not resist. And so I read the piece of music perched on the ledge and played "Greensleeves" in the gallery tonight. Down below, in the basement near the boilers, is the large bellows that used to be the source of air for the organ.