Just 5 minutes from downtown Saint Paul, Dayton’s Bluff is a historic neighborhood with outstanding views of the skyline, the Mississippi River and even downtown Minneapolis. Dayton’s Bluff is Saint Paul’s largest Historic District and includes homes that range from large Victorians to small worker cottages. The Mounds Theatre, the main campus of Metropolitan State University, wonderful coffee shops and restaurants, as well as three large parks: Indian Mounds (with ancient burial mounds and caves), Swede Hollow, and Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary(all of which are connected by the Bruce Vento Regional Trail) are located in the neighborhood. Dayton’s Bluff residents are actively involved in many community projects and groups—documenting neighborhood history, developing walking tours, and beautifying and planning for the future of the neighborhood.
Boundaries and Zip Code
North: Grove Street, East 7th
South: Warner Road and Mississippi River
East: Johnson Parkway, Minnehaha Avenue
West: Lafayette Road/MN 52 and I-35E
Zip codes: 55106 and 55130
The following neighborhoods are part of the Dayton’s Bluff planning district (District 4):
- Swede Hollow Neighborhood
- Margaret Recreation Center Neighborhood
I love Mounds Park's views of downtown and the Mississippi River and its proximity to such a beautiful park - a long stretch or natural tranquility in the most urban of settings. The people here are the best part, great neighbors that reach out to each other and create a unique fabric of community that is dynamic and interesting and feels like an old-fashioned neighborhood with a modern very urban twist.
In the 1850s, Lyman Dayton purchased 5,000 acres of land east of downtown Saint Paul on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, giving the neighborhood its name. Development took off after the city improved Seventh Street in the 1880s and 90s—first with cable car and then street car connections to downtown. The Swede Hollow portion of the neighborhood was where many immigrants from Sweden, Ireland, Italy and Mexico first settled. The neighborhood has a wonderful mix of housing stock dating from the 1850’s and a rich history with businesses such as Hamm’s Brewery, 3M, Seeger/Whirlpool, Paper Calmenson and many retail stores. For more information about the history of Dayton’s Bluff, see: http://www.daytonsbluff.org/cult_history.html and Historic Saint Paul ‘s PDF guide: “Tour Saint Paul: East Side to Lowertown.”
Housing Styles and Types
Dayton’s Bluff has houses dating from the 1850’s all the way to the present, with the largest concentration of Victorian houses in Saint Paul. Other housing styles in Dayton’s Bluff include, Italianate, side by side double houses, craftsman foursquare, Dutch Colonial, bungalow, ramblers, split level, converted church. You name it, you can find it in Dayton’s Bluff.
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- Skidmore Park located at 4th & Earl.
- Parkway Little League private ball fields, open to all youth located at 1130 E. 3rd Street.
- Maria Bates Rain Garden at East 7th and Bates—this nationally-recognized rain garden is not only beautiful, but it helps control stormwater runoff into the Mississippi watershed. Artist-designed walking paths and benches available.
Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives
For information about other incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.
- Dayton’s Bluff Business Association, contact:
- Dayton’s Bluff Urban Partnership, contact:
- Dayton’s Bluff Block Nurse Program, contact:
- Friends of Mounds Park, contact:
- Dayton’s Bluff District Forum Newspaper
- Dayton’s Bluff e-newsletter the EXTRA
Subscriptions available at www.daytonsbluff.org. The Extra is free, but the paper costs $12 annually. Paper delivered free to residents & businesses located in Dayton’s Bluff.
Real Estate Listings
Search Realtor.com for listings. You can search for properties by either clicking on the map or entering the neighborhood name or zip code (noting that zip code boundaries span multiple neighborhoods) into the search bar.
OwnAHomeMN.org—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers. Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.
Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services
Ed Lambert, Executive Director
Karin DuPaul, Community Organizer
798 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Jim Erchul, Executive Director
823 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55106