Julian H. Sleeper House

Julian. H. Sleeper (1854-1948) was a successful St. Paul entrepreneur, real estate speculator, and theatrical promoter. After owning a profitable tobacconist's shop, he purchased and managed the Hotel Sherman, across the street from the downtown railway station. By 1884, Sleeper was doing well enough that he hired architect Havelock E. Hand and builder Gustav Dressel to create his dream home at 574 Holly. It was enlarged and remodeled during the 1893 depression, employing several laborers and artisans who otherwise would have had no income. Having bought the existing boarding-house complex at 673-679 Lincoln, Sleeper moved his house in 1911 to 66 South St. Albans, connecting the three buildings with underground tunnels. In 1993, Dr. Seth C. Hawkins purchased the Julian H. Sleeper House to relocate his museum collection of Gilded Age (1865-1899) decorative arts, formerly the Gowie-Nomand House Museum in New Haven CT.

St. Paul's Gilded Age Historic House Museum of Decorative Arts

Tours by Appointment

Dr. Seth C. Hawkins, Director

66 South St. Albans Street

St. Paul MN 55105

651 225-1505