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.
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.
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.