I go back every year. I grew up in the flathead valley and used to walk by this wonderful old home. Was so glad to see it restored to its former glory. The city has done a great job in restoration.
Visiting this home takes one back to a nostalgic period. Beautiful architecture. Many conveniences way ahead of their time. Beautiful woodwork, grounds etc. This is a must see if you are in Flathead Valley.
My tour of the Conrad Mansion sparked my interest once again in the history of the taming of the west. It was interesting enough walking through the elaborate home of a wealthy family in the late 1800's, but when I learned of the distinguished historical figures that stayed there as guests I became, at the least, very intrigued. As a young boy, I traveled in many of the same areas that Theodore Roosevelt explored. Now, I was standing in the very room that he slept in, I was walking the same halls, and I could easily envision him playing a game of pool with Mr. Conrad or enjoying a good pipe in the main hall.
The house itself is quite extraordinary in its innovative technology for the period...including some of the first electric appliances and lighting which are all still there and in immaculate condition. An indoor barbeque, clothes dryer, and one of the first recliners also topped the list for me. I truly did not expect to see such innovation in a home built in that period.
If you listen close enough, you can almost hear the faint laughter of privilidged children playing in their rooms, or parties with local dignitaries in the main hall. If you are ever in the area, make sure that this is on the top of your list for things to see.
Around 1977ish was my first visit to the Mansion. I was a Flight Attendant for Hughes Air West and had many overnights in Kalispell. What a great little town. I have seen the Mansion on HGTV in the past years, would love to see more of the rooms. Is their a detailed book of pictures availible? Would be very interested. I am one of your biggest fans. Thanks, Sharon Johnson
What a house for children... that's the thought that raced through my mind throughout the entire tour! It was a very enjoyable experience and the tour guide was most impressive with her knowledge of the family. Everyone there continued the Conrad spirit of welcoming visitors in to the home.
The tour of the Conrad Mansion is fantastic! The tour guides dress in character, making the story that much more enjoyable. The house has very unique rooms and details. Learning about the family that once lived there and how they went about their daily routines in the house was very interesting and educational. Great tour for people, and especially children, of all ages!
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