Sunday’s Site – Rice Park, St. Paul

When I think of Rice Park I think of the heart of St. Paul, a public square since 1849 with the intimate old-world charm of a European town square. Surrounded by cultural and historic landmarks, it includes a giant fountain in one corner of the park, along with trees and benches for a peaceful haven in the middle of the city.

Rice park-landmark3

In summer it is the site of free concerts and festivals, including the Flint Hills Internationl Children's Festival. In winter it hosts a giant Christmas tree (this year's 60-foot Norway Spruce will be lit Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm), ice skating rink and sculptors creating images and shapes out of ice during the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Historic Landmark Center dominates the end of the park near the fountain, with the elegant St. Paul Hotel and the impressive Ordway Center for the Performing Arts flanking the two sides. At the opposite end of park is the St. Paul Public Library and the stunning James J. Hill Reference Library, also a beautiful setting for weddings, receptions and meetings.

Rice park-hill library3 

Not only is Rice Park bordered by these landmarks, it is also within walking distance of other significant St. Paul sites such as the Excel Energy Center and Science Museum of Minnesota.

Homes in Downtown St. Paul itself tend to be primarily condos and loft conversions, with some newer construction along the riverfront. Nearby Cathedral Hill, home of the St. Paul Cathedral overlooking downtown St. Paul, features some of the most elegant historic homes in the metro area.

Homes for sale in downtown St. Paul around Rice Park at 109 W 4th St in St. Paul, MN and nearby areas.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - EmailSt. Paul Realtor


Written By

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

Related Posts

Wheelock Parkway… an enigmatic throughway in St Paul

đź–¨ Print Article As a young adult from “small city” North Dakota, Minneapolis/St Paul was a fascinating, exotic place. My wife and I often explored the fascinations of the “Cities”,...

Cossetta’s – A Real Italian Adventure! “Qualita di Vita Cibo Buono”

đź–¨ Print Article We visited Cossetta’s on 7th Street last week. As I considered how to introduce the topic of Cossetta’s, I thought of “unique”, “individual”, “distinctive”, all of which...
1 Response

Subscribe to Our Newsletter for Market Updates & Mid-Century Modern Listings

Our weekly HomesMSP Update includes current local market information and a curated list of mid-century modern properties for sale, plus posts from an inspector, a lender, a stager, info about neighborhoods, life in the Twin Cities… even recipes!


Blog Categories


Sharon and John Hensrud

About Us

The HomesMSP Team is committed to meeting you where you are and listening… really listening to understand you so we can use our extensive knowledge of the market and local neighborhoods to give you personalized service.