The House In Idaho That Has The Most Incredible Past
The vibrant history of Idaho can be seen through its architecture. This house in Hayden Lake has an interesting history, and you can stay overnight there!
Clark House is located at 5250 E. Hayden Lake Road in Hayden Lake.
The mansion was built in 1910 by F. Lewis Clark and his wife Winifred.
They were real estate moguls who modeled the home after the summer palace of Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm. The couple had been guests of the Kaiser the previous year.
The mansion is 15,000 square feet and was the largest, most expensive home in Idaho when it was completed.
No expense was spared.
The home was fully wired for electricity and had indoor plumbing. Imported building materials, such as Caracara marble from Italy and crystal chandeliers from Czechoslovakia were installed; furniture was purchased and shipped from France.
The estate included 1,400 acres, 150 of which were landscaped.
Lighted paths, a private zoo with exotic birds and animals, and multiple boat houses graced the property.
Sadly, the Clarks' story has a tragic ending.
Just a few years after the mansion's completion, Lewis became very sick. In January, 1914, while visiting Santa Barbara, Lewis dropped Winifred off at the train station to return to Idaho. Instead of getting back into the limousine, he dismissed his chauffeur and walked off into the dark. He was never seen again.
Winifred lived at the estate until 1922, when she auctioned off all her personal property and went to live with her son in Boston. When she lost the estate, it was valued at just $10,000. Winifred died just over a week after she arrived in Boston.
Today, The Clark House is a beautiful bed and breakfast.
You can stay in this gorgeous, historic home and enjoy a weekend of relaxation, surrounded by Lewis and Winifred Clark's legacy.
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