Preston B. Moss House
|Location||914 Division St, Billings, Montana|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Architect||Hardenbergh, R.J.; Gagnon, E.H.|
|Architectural style||English Renaissance|
|NRHP reference #||82003181|
|Added to NRHP||April 30, 1982|
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"
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 includes wood paneling, walls with gold threading, marble fireplaces, columns and even a vintage intercom system, all of which are original to the home. In addition the house is furnished with the original fixtures, furniture, drapes, and 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 a harp representative of their second daughter Melville's pride and joy. Matriarch 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 self-guided tours or one-hour guided tours of the lower three floors. The top floor has been converted to storage and office space for year round staff and volunteers. 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. The museum is self-funded through tours, events and weddings, annual fundraisers, memberships, and donations.
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- Moss Mansion - official site
- Moss Mansion entry - Billings Gazette
- Moss Mansion staircase - Billings Gazette
- Moss Mansion kitchen - Billings Gazette
- Moss Mansion dining room - Billings Gazette