A Railroad Baron’s Former Carriage House in Saint Paul Lists for $950K

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Converted in the 1980s by architect John Buxell, the loft space overlooks a massive courtyard where railroad magnate J.J. Hill once exercised his horses.

While illuminating the interior space with natural light, the two-story wall of windows also overlook a private, 1,250-square-foot courtyard. Raised sections separate the living and dining area from a library space in the back.

The redbrick structure at 260 Maiden lane is one of those properties that keeps its true allure hidden from the outside world. Nestled along a small alleyway in the St. Paul neighborhood of Cathedral Hill, the historic structure houses modern lofts and glass-covered courtyard. "You would never suspect the home to be as interesting walking by," states listing agent Mary Hardy, "but once inside it's a magical, little oasis."

Sited along a cobblestone alleyway in St. Paul, 260 Maiden Lane is the former carriage house of James J. Hill, Minnesota's railroad tycoon—also known as the

Sited along a cobblestone alleyway in St. Paul, 260 Maiden Lane is the former carriage house of James J. Hill, Minnesota's railroad tycoon—also known as the "Empire Builder." 

Photo courtesy of Edina Realty, Inc.

The historic property was built in 1891 to house the horses and carriages of railroad baron J.J. Hill, whose historic residence is located across the street. The 3,930-square-foot carriage house was transformed into four condos in the early 1980s by local architect John Buxell, who also lived in one of the residences until his death in 2014.

After suffering years of neglect, the 1891 building was rescued by local architect John Buxell, who converted the space into four condominiums in the 1980s. Here, a look at entryway.

After suffering years of neglect, the 1891 building was rescued by local architect John Buxell, who converted the space into four condominiums in the 1980s. Here, a look at entryway.

Photo courtesy of Edina Realty, Inc.

Since its original conversion, the two-storied building has reincarnated again, this time as a single-family residence. Featuring three bedrooms, three baths, spacious living areas, and a 1,250-square-foot courtyard, the home also retains many of its original detailing. "There's not another place like it," Hardy adds. Scroll ahead to take a peek inside the abode, currently listed for $949,000.

The double-height space features expansive public areas along the ground floor, with original brick and wood details throughout. A dining area is open to the kitchen in the corner while a staircase curves around while leading to a catwalk upstairs.

The double-height space features expansive public areas along the ground floor, with original brick and wood details throughout. A dining area is open to the kitchen in the corner while a staircase curves around while leading to a catwalk upstairs.

Photo courtesy of Edina Realty, Inc.

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