Great Street


Saint Paul's Summit Avenue was named the "Nation's Best Intact Street from Victorian Era" when it was selected as one of ten "Great Streets" in America by the American Planning Association in 2008, the second year that the APA began giving these awards. 

"...this 4.5-mile-long boulevard between downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Mississippi River stands alone as the country's best-preserved avenue from that period. Remarkably, more than 370 of the gilded-age mansions and other residences representing a dozen different architectural styles remain.


LOOKOUT PARK is one of several parks that line the Avenue. Lookout is located at the turn in Summit Avenue, at the top of Ramsey Hill. The Park offers the only open space along Summit Avenue overlooking the river bluff. 

In 2005, Lookout Park was selected to receive the New York Eagle (sometimes called Saint-Gaudens eagle), Saint Paul's oldest public sculpture. Landscaping of the park, including the addition of a drinking fountain was funded by gifts from neighbors and park enthusiasts. SARPA is proud to have donated funds to this beautiful gateway to Summit Avenue.

OTHER GARDENS SARPA maintains the planters over the Ayd Mill Road bridge, which change with the seasons. SARPA sponsors the Monument Park gardens at the west end of Summit Avenue.