Placed on the National Historic Register in 1982, it is a George F. Barber pattern home. George and Julia Ferris ordered it out of the Modern Dwellings Catalogue-plan #29. Construction was completed in 1903. Unfortunately, George died in a runaway horse team accident returning from his copper mine in Encampment, WY. Julia lived in the mansion until her death in 1931 at the age of 76. It is reported that the cost of the mansion plus furnishings was $60,000. In the late 1930’s the home was converted into apartments. Over the next 40 years it went through several different owners and fell into a state of ill repair.
In 1978, David and Janice Lubbers purchased the home. Janice’s sister, Phyllis Lenz moved from Maryland to assist in the endeavor to restore the mansion. Meticulous restoration began and the home is back to it’s original grandeur.......in 1986 the Ferris Mansion received the first bed and breakfast license ever issued in the state. David, Janice and Phyllis ran the B & B until 1997 and then retired and enjoyed other adventures while enjoying the home as a private residence. Health issues made it a daunting task to maintain the mansion. In 2008, David and Janice’s daughter, Kaye-Marie and her family moved to the mansion. The B & B was reopened in 2010. Robert and Kaye-Marie Wilder continue the tradition of great hospitality in their beautiful home. Come enjoy!
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