Stay in Huguette Clark’s bedroom at the Copper King Mansion: Butte, Montana

Huguette Clark's bedroom at the Copper King Mansion B&B

Stained glass window at the landing of the main staircase

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.

Today, the Elizabethan-style  mansion is owned by the Coat family who bought the house four generations ago and restored it to the splendor of the Clark era. Operating it as both a B&B and a museum helps pay the bills–plus offers the public a unique account of Butte’s copper mining glory days and the lavish ways of the Clarks.
This past July I followed through on a promise to myself to stay here. Because Huguette’s room was already booked, I stayed in her sister Andrea’s, equally exquisite with its art deco furniture and Victorian era decor.

The circular shower in the shared bathroom

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.

The house itself is worth a visit because of the artistry and splendor. Stained glass windows, handcarved woodwork and fresco ceilings are part of the details.

The dining room gives guests the chance to visit over breakfast

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.

In the dining room, guests have the chance to visit over a full breakfast where current proprietor Erin Sigl is happy to visit and offer area travel tips while she serves up artfully prepared dishes.
Because the mansion is also a museum with daily tours that start at 9 a.m.  from May 1 through Sept. 30, this can be a bummer during those months for anyone who likes to sleep late or hang out in his or her room.
While tours are going on, personal items are to be put away in the bedroom closets.  Butte has plenty to see, though, so spending the day out and about is not difficult. I did go back to my room to drop off or pick up items as needed. Overnight guests can take the tour for free.

Andrea's room, as lovely as Huguette's

For reservations, either for a tour or to stay overnight contact:
The Copper King Mansion
219 West Granite
Butte, Montana 59701

*Tours during the off season are available by appointment

Photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein

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