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.
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.
As a guest of The Davidson, you can enjoy complimentary membership privileges at the University Club of St. Paul and the Saint Paul Athletic Club.