The Davidson Mansion
The Davidson Mansion, built as the home of Watson Davidson, a real estate executive who amassed a fortune working for James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway, is a magnificent English Cotswold Manor House styled mansion. At the time of its completion in 1915, it was one of the finest homes ever constructed in St. Paul, and is still to this day.
The Davidson is located on a double lot, with extensive gardens, on historic Summit Avenue, the longest avenue of historic Victorian homes in the United States, a national treasure.
After the Davidson family sold the property, it housed the College of Visual Arts from 1961 to 2013. Now, after a meticulous renovation, it has been transformed into a breathtaking nine unit boutique hotel – the finest of its kind in Minnesota.
Experience Historic Saint Paul
The Davidson Mansion is located in the heart of the historic Cathedral Hill Neighborhood near numerous historic homes, restaurants, and shops, and it is also located steps from downtown Saint Paul.
Local Attractions & Dining
The Davidson is located in one of the nation’s largest intact Victorian era National Historic Landmark Districts – Cathedral Hill – on its most important street.
Within easy walking distance are magnificent mansions, public parks, the Cathedral of Saint Paul (modeled after St. Peters in Rome), the James J. Hill Mansion, and the restaurant & shopping districts on Selby and Grand Avenues. Cathedral Hill is St. Paul’s most beautiful and romantic walkable neighborhood.
The Cathedral Hill District overlooks Downtown St. Paul - as few blocks away – which contains numerous restaurants, museums, theaters, the Xcel Energy Center, RiverCentre, and the West Seventh Street restaurant district.
Many of Saint Paul’s finest restaurants are located within a few blocks of the Davidson, including three of its most famous and romantic that are sister Commonwealth Properties establishments: The University Club of Saint Paul, W.A. Frost, and The Commodore Bar and Restaurant.
Dining Out in Cathedral Hill
As a guest of the Davidson you will receive preferential booking at these properties and a
complimentary bottle of wine from a select list.
Private Clubs that Welcome The Davidson's Guests
The University Club
When you are a guest of The Davidson, you not only have access to all of the amenities of the hotel, but you can also enjoy membership privileges at the University Club of St. Paul, a short walk up Summit Avenue.
The club facilities include a fabulous restaurant & bar overlooking the river valley, meeting rooms, a fitness center, outdoor pool, tennis court, and drop-in work areas. You are invited to attend its social events held year-round.
The Saint Paul Athletic Club
As a Davidson guest you also have Executive Membership privileges at the Saint Paul Athletic Club, in Downtown Saint Paul. The SPAC is the most spectacular historic landmark athletic club in Minnesota.