914 Division St. Billings, MT 59101 (406) 256-5100 www.mossmansion.com The   Moss   Mansion   Historic   House   Museum   is   located   in   Billings,   Montana   on 914   Division   St.   It   is   a   red-stoned   mansion   built   in   1903   by   Preston   Boyd   Moss (P.B.   Moss)   and   his wife,   Martha   Ursula Woodson        Moss, (Mattie).     Mr.     and Mrs.    Moss    moved to      Billings      from Paris,          Missouri where,   "There   was more   happening   at midnight than at noon in Paris Missouri" History Moss   Mansion   was   inhabited   solely   by   Mr.   and   Mrs.   Moss,   their   six children,   and   3   servants   from   the   time   of   construction   until   1984   at which   time   a   community   effort   was   organized   to   save   the   building. The   house   was   built   for   a   cost   of   $105,000,   compared   to   a   national average   of   $5,000.   It   is   a   three   story   single   family   dwelling   with   a basement   and   an   attached   solarium;   it   has   28   rooms,   and   is   60   feet (18 m) square. It rises 45 feet (14 m) into the air. The   high-end   interior   decoration   include   wood   paneling,   walls   with gold   threading, marble   fireplaces,   columns   and   even   vintage   intercom   system,   all   of which           are original   to   the   home.   In   addition   the   house   is   furnished   with   the   original f   i   x   t   u   r   e   s   ,     furniture,    drapes,    carpets.    There    is    much    of    the    Moss'    children's furniture      that has   been   returned   to   the   home   for   posterity.   Many   pieces   of   eldest d   a   u   g   h   t   e   r     Kula's   furniture,   quilts   and   needlepoint   adorn   the   home   as   well   as   their s    e    c    o    n    d      daughter,   Melville's   harp.   Eldest   Martha's   paintings   and   china   patterns are       featured throughout   much   of   the   main   floor.   Each   room   in   the   house   had   a distinct    theme and                  function designated    by Martha    Moss.    These themes      have been    preserved    and in   some   cases recreated   to   preserve t           h           e             authenticity      of      the home. The      Mansion is       listed       on       the National   Register   of   Historic   Places.   Visitors   can   view   the   residence   during   a one-hour   guided   tour   of   the   lower   floors.   The   top   floor   and   former   ballroom   has been   converted   into   storage   and   office   space   for   year   round   staff.   Seasonal exhibits   are   also   featured.   The   Moss   Mansion   was   designed   by   the   famous New   York   City   architect   Henry   Janeway   Hardenbergh,   who   also   designed   the original   Waldorf-Astoria,   Plaza   Hotel,   The   Dakota,   Williard   Hotel,   and   Copely Hotel.    In    1986,    the    Billings    Preservation    Society,    a    non-profit    organization obtained   proprietorship   of   the   Moss   Mansion   through   a   lease   agreement   with the family and separate option agreement.
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914 Division St. Billings, MT 59101 (406) 256-5100 www.mossmansion.com The    Moss    Mansion    Historic House   Museum   is   located   in Billings,     Montana     on     914 Division   St.   It   is   a   red-stoned mansion     built     in     1903     by Preston     Boyd     Moss     (P.B. Moss)   and   his   wife,   Martha   Ursula   Woodson   Moss,   (Mattie).   Mr. and    Mrs.    Moss    moved to    Billings    from    Paris, Missouri   where,   "There was   more   happening   at midnight   than   at   noon   in Paris Missouri" History Moss       Mansion       was inhabited    solely    by    Mr. and   Mrs.   Moss,   their   six children,   and   3   servants from       the       time       of construction    until    1984 at       which       time       a community     effort     was organized    to    save    the building. The   house   was built      for      a      cost      of $105,000,   compared   to a    national    average    of $5,000.     It     is     a     three story        single        family dwelling          with          a basement        and        an attached      solarium;      it has   28   rooms,   and   is   60 feet    (18    m)    square.    It rises   45   feet   (14   m)   into the air. The   high-end   interior   decoration   include   wood   paneling,   walls   with gold    threading,    marble    fireplaces,    columns    and    even    vintage intercom   system,   all   of   which   are   original   to   the   home.   In   addition the   house   is   furnished   with   the   original   fixtures,   furniture,   drapes, carpets.   There   is   much   of   the   Moss'   children's   furniture   that   has been   returned   to   the   home   for   posterity.   Many   pieces   of   eldest daughter   Kula's   furniture,   quilts   and   needlepoint   adorn   the   home as   well   as   their   second   daughter,   Melville's   harp.   Eldest   Martha's paintings   and   china   patterns   are   featured   throughout   much   of   the main   floor.   Each   room   in   the   house   had   a   distinct   theme   and function   designated   by   Martha   Moss.   These   themes   have   been preserved     and     in     some     cases     recreated     to     preserve     the authenticity of the home. The   Mansion   is   listed   on   the   National   Register   of   Historic   Places. Visitors   can   view   the   residence   during   a   one-hour   guided   tour   of the   lower   floors.   The   top   floor   and   former   ballroom   has   been converted    into    storage    and    office    space    for    year    round    staff. Seasonal    exhibits    are    also    featured.    The    Moss    Mansion    was designed   by   the   famous   New   York   City   architect   Henry   Janeway Hardenbergh,    who    also    designed    the    original    Waldorf-Astoria, Plaza   Hotel,   The   Dakota,   Williard   Hotel,   and   Copely   Hotel.   In 1986,   the   Billings   Preservation   Society,   a   non-profit   organization obtained    proprietorship    of    the    Moss    Mansion    through    a    lease agreement with the family and separate option agreement.
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