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.
BE MONTANA AWARE
Montana Aware is a statewide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by promoting safety measures
for those traveling in the state. We are committed to protecting the health of residents and
visitors and ask that you do the same.
Learn more here.
WHAT WE’RE ASKING YOU TO DO
1. Know the local public health guidelines before arriving at your destination
2. Understand some services and destinations may be limited
3. Stay home if you are sick