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Former Montana Executive Mansion
Location 6th Ave. and Ewing St., Helena, Montana
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1888
Architect Hodgson, Stem, & Welter
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP reference No. 70000357
Added to NRHP April 28, 1970

The Former Montana Executive Mansion, also known as the Original Governor's Mansion, is a property in Helena, Montana, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Original Mansion

In 1913, the state of Montana acquired a mansion to serve as the official residence for the governor of Montana. The house and carriage house were built originally in 1888 by William Chessman. Between 1913 and 1959, it was home to nine Montana governors and their families.

Originally known as the William Chessman Mansion and after 1959 as the Governor's Old Mansion, it was built in 1888. It is in Queen Anne style, and was designed by the St. Paul, Minnesota, firm of Hodgson, Stem, & Welter. It is a three-story building built of pressed brick, terra cotta and stone. The interior has seven fireplaces and 20 rooms.

Said to have cost $85,000 to build, the listing includes two contributing buildings still standing, the house and a two-story brick carriage house, on an area of 1 acre (0.40 ha).

Current Governor's residence

The current Montana Governor's Residence is located at 2 Carson 46°35′04″N 112°00′45″W / 46.584509°N 112.012596°W / 46.584509; -112.012596 Helena, Montana. It began operation as the governor's residence in 1959, replacing the original governor's mansion. The residence is a two-level steel and brick house located two blocks from the Montana State Capitol building. It was designed by architect Chandler C. Cohagen.

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