2013 General Tour Information
Don’t miss an exclusive opportunity to experience the dramatic transformation of this grand mansion.
This is a self guided tour.
The home is open 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday. The home is closed Monday and Tuesday for tours and Saturday, June 1 for a private event.
Each day, an ASID Showcase Home designer will be on staff to answer your in-depth questions on home design
No wheelchair access
Children age 12 or younger free with paid adult
Cameras or video equipment are not permitted
Strollers are not permitted
No food or beverage
History of the Home
The Frank P. and Anna Shepard House is located in the Historic Hill Heritage Preservation District of St. Paul, MN. The district is characterized by the largest concentration of excellent nineteenth century architectural examples in St. Paul. The period of significance, 1858 to 1930, began with wealthy St. Paul merchant families moving up to the district from the downtown area and building homes. This district flourished in the 1920s with streetcar lines and commercial development, however, the Great Depression largely ended construction in the Cathedral Hill District.
The Shepard House is a contributing building to the historic district. Built during the boom of single-family home construction in the 1880s, it is nestled within the district’s oldest area. The home was built for Frank P. Shepard and Anna McMillan Shepard. Frank, a businessman whose devotion to the public good was unquestioned and arises from a sincere interest in the welfare of his fellowmen, was the son of David Shepard. Together they built much of the Great Northern Railway for James J. Hill. Anna, a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was the daughter of Samuel J.R. McMillan, a United States Senator from Minnesota. Frank P. and Anna Shepard had four children, two of whom attended Yale University. Mrs. Shepard survived her husband and lived for years at the old homestead, 325 Dayton Avenue, quoted in 1915 as “one of the most beautiful places in the City of St. Paul.” The Shepards, a prominent St. Paul family, have ties to at least three more significant homes constructed on adjacent lots, one of which no longer stands.
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