Even if you’ve never visited the red-sandstone Moss Mansion, it might look familiar. You might remember it from the films Return to Lonesome Dove and Son of the Morning Star. Or in the Reader’s Digest book Great American Homes. Or on the A&E Network program Frontier Castles.
Themansion, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by entrepreneur P.B. Moss in 1903. It was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, whose works include New York’s Waldorf and Astoria hotels, the Raleigh in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Copley Plaza Hotel. Original furniture, draperies, Persian carpets and a call button for servants remain. Remarkably, one of Moss’ daughters lived in the mansion until the 1980s.