The Brown Mansion is owned and operated by the non-profit Coffeyville Historical Society. Violet Brown Kohler, daughter and only living heir of W.P. Brown, sold the Brown Mansion to the Historical Society in 1973 with the stipulation that it be open for public viewing.
Visitors entering Coffeyville from the south have long been awed by the sight of the three-story, 16-room W.P. Brown home. The Brown Mansion is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places, the beautiful home is situated in a commanding position atop a hill. Inviting first and second-story verandas grace the south and west sides. An ornate portico tops the porte cochere. These and other features have caused the home to be labeled the “Brown Mansion” ever since its completion in 1906.
The main floor includes a two-story entry, living room, parlor, music room, library, conservatory, dining room, billiard room, kitchen, and maid’s quarters. Five bedrooms and three full baths are on the second floor. The entire third floor is a ballroom which at times served as a schoolroom and gymnasium for the Brown’s son
A full basement houses the butler’s quarters, laundry, heating system, walk-in icebox, wine cellar and storage rooms.
The 20-inch-thick brick and concrete walls serve as insulation for the gas heating system. Chandeliers are powered by both gas and electricity.
Some rooms have original hand-painted canvas wall coverings. Tiffany leaded glass accents the main doorway, and a signed Tiffany chandelier in the dining room is believed to have been hung by the designer personally.
The Brown Mansion is furnished with much of the original furniture used by the Browns. They purchased some pieces from Marshall Field of Chicago and Sloans of New York. Other pieces were obtained during family trips to Europe.
W.P. Brown started plans for this lovely Coffeyville home around the turn of the century, contracting with the architectural firm of Wilder and Wight of Kansas City, Missouri. As both Edward Wilder and Thomas Wight had worked and studied with Stanford White, the Mansion has similarities to several of White’s designs, such as the Patterson Mansion on DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., and to the library he designed in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Inglenook in the Brown Mansion is similar to one White designed for his friend Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Like typical Stanford White structures, the Mansion has many fireplaces, all of different designs. Because Mr. Brown owned a lumberyard as well as having oil and gas interests, the Mansion was completed at a wholesale cost of only $125,000.
The Mansion is available for private parties, weddings and other special events.
To schedule group tours or special events, or to get pricing information, call the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce at 620-251-2550 or 800-626-3357.