Wednesday, April 17, 2013

William A. Clark Mansion

219 West Granite
Built: 1884-88
Architect: C.H. Brown; builder, D.T. McDevitt
Web site (bed and breakfast)

Self-made multimillionaire William Clark spent an estimated $260,000 on the construction of this splendid thirty-two-room residence between 1884 and 1888. Though an astounding sum, that figure represented only a half-day’s earnings out of Clark’s seventeen-million-dollar a month income. The irregular architectural plan, a classic of Queen Anne styling, features porticos, arched windows, and elaborate decorative elements. The interior boasts finishing in a different wood for each room, frescoed ceilings, and possible Tiffany stained glass windows and chandeliers. The intricately carved staircase took four years to complete and was dismantled and displayed at the 1904 Worlds’ Fair in St. Louis.

A stained glass window in the building was recently restored.

The mansion is independently listed on the National Register, as compared to automatic listing by virtue of being a contributing element of the Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark District (about 6,000 properties in Butte-Anaconda are National Register listed).

Modified from historic plaque text by Montana Historical Society. Photo by Richard Gibson.

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