Ever since I toured the Copper King Mansion in Butte, Montana , a B&B AND a museum, I’ve been fascinated with Huguette Clark, the very, very rich recluse who died last year at age 104. The mansion used to belong to her dad.
Huguette, who grew up to own three apartments in New York City, plus several other properties, none of which she lived in the 20 years before she died, was the youngest daughter of William Andrew Clark.
Clark, once one of the richest men in the United States, made his fortune through copper mining and other business ventures. When the Copper King Mansion was built in Butte in the 1880s, his aim was to spare no expense. Head to the 64-ft. ballroom to see what I mean.
My favorite item was the circular shower in the shared bath. The shower, an interesting contraption to turn on, works beautifully. Water jets come out via tiny holes all along the metal pipe. Guests staying in Huguette’s and Andrea’s share the bathroom but each bedroom has a pedestal sink.
Other guest rooms are the Master Bedroom Suite, the Family Suite and the Butler’s Room. The two suites have private baths. The Butler’s room is mostly used for guests staying solo and that person also shares the bathroom with the circular shower.
*Tours during the off season are available by appointment
Photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein