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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  • I didn't have the time to take a tour of the old mansion, but I am sure it would be interesting to visit and hear some of the history  more »
  • We enjoyed our tour of the MT Old Govenor's Mansion. The docent was knowledgeable and patiently answered our questions. The house is filled with interesting memorabilia from WW1. The tour took about 4...  more »
  • There have been lots of budget cuts in the government in Helena, and tours of the State Capitol and the Original Governor's Mansion have been hit. The woman who took us through the Mansion was great, ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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