Walnut Street Stairway, also sometimes called the J.J. Hill Stairway, is located near the historic James J. Hill House and connects Summit Avenue to Pleasant Avenue/I-35E. Perched on a steep bluff overlooking downtown, it is the longest stairway in the City of Saint Paul. Residents and visitors primarily use the stairway for recreation or exercise, but it also provides a pedestrian connection between Summit Hill neighborhoods and West Seventh businesses across I-35E including United Hospital and Children’s Minnesota Hospital.

Connects Summit Avenue to Pleasant Avenue/I-35E

No timeline is set until a reconstruction plan and budget are identified.



    Stairway Closed

    In October 2020, the City closed the Walnut Street stairway to the public following a partial collapse of the south brick wall.

    The City has determined that the stairway and wall system are structurally unsound and cannot be repaired and must be reconstructed. The City is exploring several replacement options, but has no funding or timelines established.

    Saint Paul Public Works continues to monitor the condition of the stairway and wall system. The City will not open the stairway system until it is safe to do so for public use.

    Walnut Street Stairway Drawing