Alexander Ramsey House

Entertainment & Arts

North America, United States, Ramsey County

The Alexander Ramsey House, located at 265 Exchange Street, South in Saint Paul, Minnesota is the former residence of Alexander Ramsey, who served as the first governor of Minnesota Territory and the second governor of the state of Minnesota. It is located in the Irvine Park area, which was one of the first trendy neighborhoods in Minnesota. Designed by noted early Minnesota architect Monroe Sheire, the house is one of the nation's best-preserved Victorian homes, featuring carved walnut woodwork, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and many original furnishings. The 15-room house is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society as a museum, with tours offered year-round. They offer special programs such as "Christmas at the Alexander Ramsey House" in which the house is decorated for the holidays and a costumed guide reenacts the role of their cook, Annie Robertson. Tours show the dining table set with the family's china and crystal, with a Christmas tree decorated with the family's own ornaments.