The mansion was built between 1765 and 1770, combining older buildings, in the neoclassicist style. It is located on the bank of the Ljubljanica River. It served as residence of Baron Sigmund Zois, a leading figure of Enlightenment in the Slovene Lands of the Austrian monarchy and supporter of the revival of Slovene culture and literature. Between the 1780s and the first decade of the 19th century, the mansion was used as the venue of the Slovene intellectual elite, which included the playwright and historian Anton Tomaž Linhart, poet and journalist Valentin Vodnik, philologists Jurij Japelj and Blaž Kumerdej, and linguist Jernej Kopitar.
In the mansion's yard stands an old fountain. Zois's tombstone is etched into the wall facing the yard.
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