Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
When Preston B. Moss built this red sandstone mansion in 1902-1903, it was some distance from the growing city of Billings. The 25-room structure was home to Mr. and Mrs. Moss, their six children, the grandparents, and a staff of three. Designed by New York architect R. J. Hardenburgh, whose works include the Waldorf Astoria and Plaza hotels, the residence was well constructed by local firm E. H. Gagnon and decorated by W. P. Nelson of Chicago, who designed some lighting fixtures still in use. Mahogany and walnut woodwork, an onyx fireplace, rose silk and gold leaf wall coverings, and stained glass windows are among the luxurious finishing touches. Because the home did not change hands, it appears nearly the same outside and inside as it did upon completion. When Preston Moss arrived in Billings in 1892, en route to Butte from Missouri, the town’s bustling activity made him decide to stay. He soon took control of the First National Bank of Billings and astutely considered the area’s future. The Silver Panic of 1893, when silver prices fell by half, found Moss’s bank invested primarily in sheep. Moss became one of Montana’s largest and most
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Notable Buildings.
Location. 45° 46.78′ N, 108° 30.953′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker can be reached from Division Street near Yellowstone Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 914 Division Street, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. I.D. O'Donnell Home (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pouder Furniture Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Garfield School (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Dude Rancher Lodge (approx. half a mile away); The Clark Hotel - 1928 (approx. half a mile away); Babcock Theater (approx. half a mile away); Frederick Billings (approx. half a mile away); The Parmly Billings Library - 1901 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
Also see . . .
1. Moss Mansion. Wikipedia overview (Submitted on February 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Moss Family. Moss Mansion Museum webpage:
Mr. Moss became very prominent in banking, organized the first dial telephone company in the area, founded a newspaper that was a forerunner of the Billings Gazette, and started a central heating plant and the Billings Utility Company. In association with H.W. Rowley, Mr. Moss developed the Billings Light and Water Power Company and the Northern Hotel. (Submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
3. After Yellowstone: The Moss Mansion, Billings MT. Travel Gumbo entry:
...on a piece of prime city real estate, the 3 story plus basement, 28 room house was designed by New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh. Completed in 1903 at a cost of $105,000 for the Moss Family, entrepreneur Preston Boyd and Martha Moss, their 6 children and 3 servants... (Submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 3. submitted on February 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.