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The Moss Mansion Historic House Museum, a 1903 red sandstone structure, captures the early turn-of-the-century life of the Preston Boyd Moss family. The mansion, which has 28 rooms, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designed by the famous American architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed the original Waldorf-Astoria and Plaza Hotel. The interior of the mansion was done by W. P. Nelson Company from Chicago and took 11 months to finish. Guided one-hour tours and seasonal tours are available allowing visitors to see inside the museum and see original draperies, fixtures, furniture, Persian carpets and artifacts that dates back to when the Moss family still resides in the mansion.

Preston Boyd Moss and his wife Martha "Mattie" Woodson Moss came to Billings in 1892 and were among the many that came to Billings early to make their fortunes. The Preston Boyd Moss family mansion was built between 1901 and 1903 for a cost of $105,000, at a time when most homes averaged about $3,000. It has the dimensions of 60 feet square, 45 feet high, and sits 100 feet back from the street, and uses Lake Superior sandstone for its walls while the roof is Conosera tiles. It was inhabited solely by Mr. and Mrs. Moss, their six children, and three servants until 1984.

Inside, visitors are treated to a wonderland of art starting with the main entrance which features a Saracenic arch inspired by the 14th century royal palace Alhambra in Grenada, Spain. The main entrance carpets are rare Persian and Khorrassan rugs. A Moorish theme dominates thoughts the entire house and there are Louis the 16th French Parlors 33 feet long with Corinthian columns. Inside the library, visitors will find a collection of Salish baskets on display on the bookcases and a 1904 Funk and Wagnall's Dictionary. Tours of the Moss Mansion begin with a 13-minute video describing the activities of the Moss family and the role of Preston Moss in the development of Billings, followed by an entertaining and insightful tour of the mansion and its many rooms.
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