Copper King Mansion
- Bed and Breakfasts, Historic Sites
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The Copper King Mansion was built by William Clark, one of the world’s richest men. The 34 room home was constructed from 1884-1888 at a cost of $260,000, a significant amount of money at the time. In 1971 it was designated as a National Historic Place, and in 1972 it became the first home in Montana to be designated a Montana Historic Site. It is now the only privately owned mansion in the state that is accessible to the public.
As you step inside, you will see the intricately carved wood of the entryway. The hall and staircase present the work of the finest craftsman of the times. Panels of birds and flowers carved in the golden oak staircase represented all the nations of the world when the home was built. Other lavish touches include embellishments of bronze, silver, and copper on the walls, nine original fireplaces, French beveled glass, and Tiffany-style stained glass windows. The staircase landing surrounds a seven by thirteen-foot window. Parquet floors, hand-painted “fresco” ceilings, combed plaster-designed walls and nine different kinds of wood contribute to the opulence of the manor. Anticipating the arrival of electricity, Clark had all of the chandeliers equipped for gas and electricity. The octagon-shaped reception room, the massive dining room, the billiard room, and the library all reflect the lavish lifestyle of Mr. Clark.
In addition to the mansion itself, the current owners have numerous collections on display including dolls, toys, clocks, hats, demitasse cups, and steins. The Mansion also operates as a bed and breakfast, so if you plan ahead you can spend the night. Rooms generally range from $105 to $150, but on some weekends and holidays, the Suites are $200. (There is an additional 9% Montana Bed Tax.) Our guests can check in to their rooms anytime during the winter months and after 4 pm during the summer. The guided tour is free for overnight guests during the summer. Guests are invited to the main dining room in the morning for a full breakfast. The mansion is open daily May 1 through September 30th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From October through April it is open by appointment only.
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