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Original Governor's Mansion, Helena

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Architectural Building
This stately Queen Anne style mansion has enjoyed both public and private roles in the history of Montana and its capital city. The history of the mansion is as much a history of the people who resided here as it is of a building. Montana's Original Governor's Mansion, built in 1888 by Helena entrepreneur William Chessman as a symbol of his wealth and influence throughout the Helena community. The next two owners, the Larsons and the Conrads, continued the pattern of affluent living. In 1913 the State of Montana acquired this handsome brick mansion as the first official governor's residence for nearly half a century. Between 1913 and 1959, it was home to nine Montana governors and their families.

Montana's Original Governor's Mansion Restoration Society

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Current Board Members: Richard Boyd, Russ Cargo, Sandy Matule, Jessie Salsibury, Annie Hanshew, Ryan Sullivan, Karen Richey, Russ Cargo, Bryson Pelc, Jayme Auer, Nels Wilkins
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  • Visited the historic home on a free tour day. Our guide provided a terrific look into the architecture and daily life of early governors. A must see for history buffs.  more »
  • This tour was very interesting. The rich history behind the mansion was very interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Being from Dayton, OH, it was a surprise to know that...  more »
  • This is another must do when in Helena. Cost was $4.00 each. Very good price for what you will see. The Mansion is simply magnificent! You will not be disappointed. To see how our Governor lived way b...  more »
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  • Beautiful part of Montana's history
  • I visited the Governors mansion with the 8th grade class of swan river school bigfork and the trip was very fun.The Governors mansion is something every Montanan has to see.
  • Very beautiful historic building. Lots of history.