Original Governor's Mansion, Helena

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    This is a moderately interesting home in terms of both architecture and history. We were lucky to have an extremely erudite guide who made sense out of a good bit of Helena history. There is currently...  more »
  • May 30, 2017
    Things are very easy to find in Helena. We were there on a Monday and unfortunately it was closed but the outside is very elegant. We would have loved to have seen the inside but we will try again ano...  more »
  • April 26, 2017
    The Victorians of Helena have their own charm. While back East (Chicago to Boston) the wealthy were building mega houses, the people in Helena were building classic Victorian houses that had the charm...  more »
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  • April 27, 2017
    Very knowledgeable docent, she was awesome! She gives you a lot of history about the house and what was going on during both the world wars. The mansion was so fun to look at.
  • October 6, 2016
    Beautiful part of Montana's history
  • April 19, 2013
    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.
  • January 10, 2014
    Very beautiful historic building. Lots of history.

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