Four-State Staycation: Brown Mansion

COFFEYVILLE, Kan.  – Built in 1904, the three-story, 16-room Brown Mansion has become a fixture of Coffeyville, Kansas. Once owned by wealthy natural gas tycoon W. P. Brown, the colonial style home now sits on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mansion was designed by Edward Wilder and Thomas Wight. Some features of the home were designed to accommodate Brown’s petite wife, Nancy, who was only 4’11”. Their sole heir to the mansion, Violet Brown sold the home to the Coffeyville Historical Society in 1970.

The mansion has a living room, parlor, music room, library, conservatory, dining room, billiard room, kitchen, maid’s quarters, five bedrooms and three full baths. The basement includes butler’s quarters, additional bath, laundry, wine cellar, single bowling alley, and other storage rooms. The entire third floor is a ballroom.

Tours are given at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Mansion can also be rented for special events such as weddings. More information can be found at