This historic Victorian mansion, which was first built and occupied in 1859, served as the Gould and Curry mine offices and l... More
This historic Victorian mansion, which was first built and occupied in 1859, served as the Gould and Curry mine offices and living quarters. The then superintendent of mines, George Hearst, borrowed $400 to build it, and started the Hearst family fortune. By the 1870s, John Mackay took over and became one of the most powerful, wealthy and revered characters of the Comstock. The maroon upholstered furniture in the grand parlor was made in 1868 and is the original furnishings of the mansion. As an interesting side note, the carved heads on the arms of the chairs commemorate the opening of the Suez Canal. The carpet, which was laid in the 1860s, is also original. The yard features original pieces as well, including the large weathered clothesline and Chinese laundry. The woodshed is still stocked with authentic tools. The self-guided tour starts at the entrance to the grand stairway inside the home. The informative guides will lead you in the right direction so you won't miss anything.