Photo © Donnie Sexton
The Conrad Mansion in Kalispell is considered to be the most authentically preserved pre-1900 mansion in Montana. When you visit the mansion, now a museum, you’ll find more than 90 percent of the original family furnishings intact.
Charles E. Conrad, one of the founders of Kalispell, arrived in Flathead Valley in 1891 with a vision of a prosperous town and a home for his family and descendants. He founded the Kalispell Townsite Company and, later, the Conrad National Bank. His mansion sits on the edge of the original townsite on a bluff with a view of the valley below and the Swan Range in the distance.
It remained the private Conrad residence until 1964. Conrad’s youngest daughter, Alicia Conrad Campbell, donated the house to the City of Kalispell in 1974. The Conrad Mansion Museum is owned by the city and relies completely on proceeds from tours, events and donations to stay open for the public. Today, guided public tours (beginning in mid-May) take in all 26 rooms of the mansion. To learn more about touring the Conrad Mansion Museum, visit conradmansion.com. To plan a trip to the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell, visit discoverkalispell.com.