In 1903, entrepreneur Preston Boyd Moss (better known as “P.B.”) built the Moss Mansion, greatly influencing the culture of Billings, Montana. Designed by New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels, the mansion showcases inspired architecture, unrivaled craftsmanship and exquisite décor. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has graced the silver screen on several occasions as the perfect site for period films such as Son of the Morning Star and Return to Lonesome Dove.
The youngest daughter, Melville Moss, resided in the home until the mid-80’s, and the house and its original fixtures remain intact. Modern day visitors marvel at the home’s amenities which include heated indoor plumbing on each floor and a call button system for the servants among other impressive feats of technology for the period. The home not only records the activities of early Billings development but also interprets the inner workings of the family through letters shared among its members, diaries, and various other sources.
The museum is open year round - summertime 10am to 4pm Tues-Sat (12pm to 3pm on Sundays) and 12pm to 3pm Tues - Sun year-round (closed Mondays). Tours begin with a 13-minute video which describes the activities of the Moss family and the role of Preston Moss in the development of Billings. Trained docents accompany guests on an entertaining one-hour guided tour of the home for $15 per person at 10am and 1pm in summer. Admission for self-guided tours is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 years old and over) and military, $8 for students ages 6 to 18; ages 5 and under are free. More detail can be found at www.mossmansion.com or by calling 406-256-5100.