The Clemens Mansion, Conrad, Iowa
This 16,000 sq ft French provincial home, known as the Clemens Mansion, radiates with mystery and majesty. The Mansion boasts 11 bdrms / 10 baths, gym, library, living room, theater room, and a gourmet kitchen.
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The Clemens Mansion, Conrad, Iowa
The Clemens Mansion (also known as the Conrad Mansion) is a luxurious French provincial estate set in the fertile soil of America’s heartland. Seeds for this incredible story were planted in the early 1950’s. The multi-million-dollar private home was constructed in the 1970’s. Today, the notable estate is being re-branded by the Mossman family.
The history of this region dates to prehistoric times when Chiwere-speaking tribes (Ioway/Baxoje) nurtured an agricultural lifestyle, growing maize in the prairie land and rich soil.
Pioneers were drawn to this land of noble streams, picturesque hills and valleys, and broad prairies with a soil quality surpassing anything they’d ever seen. Pioneer farmers described topsoil as “the Black Gold of Iowa.”
Today, Iowa still plays an important agricultural role in feeding the country. Corn, oats, soybeans, cattle, swine, eggs, milk. Iowa’s early agricultural history truly sowed the seeds for The Clemens Mansion.
In the early 1950’s a young farmer named Leslie Clemens launched a small seed company. Clemens was focused on breeding resilient lines of corn, oat, sorghum and soy for American agri-business. During the 1960’s and 70's he experienced tremendous growth and success with his seed company.
In 1974, Clemens’ Seed Farm sold to Pfizer in a billion-dollar transaction. A new division of Pfizer, called Pfizer Genetics Inc. was launched through the acquisition of Clemens’ seed company. Soon after, a central research division of Pfizer was established, combining pharmaceutical, agricultural, and chemical R&D worldwide.
From small seeds, grow new beginnings. With funds from the sale of his company to Pfizer, Leslie and his wife Sandra Clemens began drafting their dream home. Construction on their mansion began in 1975, between the Iowa and Cedar Rivers, in the small town of Conrad, Iowa; the heart of the Clemens’ beloved, fertile prairie land of Grundy County. The estate, completed in 1977, drew attention from media sources state-wide. It was the largest single-family home ever built in Iowa.
The 16,000 square foot French provincial estate was surrounded by elegant landscaping, fountains, patios, gardens and orchards. The interior boasted eleven bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and magnificent craftsmanship details such as Italian white marble fireplaces, an oak dance floor, and a 48,000-gallon heated indoor swimming pool. The property also featured a carriage house and several grounds buildings used as shop and storage for Leslie Clemens’ farming equipment.
Through the 1970’s and 80’s the Clemens family maintained an active role in civic life, grain farming and agriculture within the community of Grundy County. While they tried to keep the uniqueness of their estate low-key, they hosted many parties and social events for the townsfolk of Conrad, Iowa. Over time, the locals grew accustomed to this lavish estate, referring to it as “The Clemens Mansion.”
In 1988, seeking to downsize and travel in their retirement, Leslie and Sandra Clemens auctioned off the home. Promotional brochures were printed and sent to embassies around the world. It was the end of an era.
Over the following decade, the notable estate passed through the hands of several new owners and took on new identities as an antique shop/restaurant, a bed and breakfast and conference center. In 2003, Jeff Mossman saw an advertisement for the sale of the property. Mossman was a real estate mogul with a background in developing motel properties. Mossman and his wife Kim were Iowa natives, seeking a spacious home for their large family of seven children. The Clemens Mansion proved to be the perfect fit.
The Mossmans made renovations and extensive modernization to The Clemens Mansion. They installed a gymnasium and a state-of-the-art theater room. They raised their three older children in the home. (Those children are now grown and on their own.) The Mossmans are currently raising four younger adopted children. They also now have three grandchildren who enjoy visiting the estate.
Some call The Clemens Mansion “palatial, fancy, extravagant, a masterpiece in workmanship, and a dream home.” But Jeff and Kim Mossman simply called it “home”. Their three oldest children hosted graduation parties at the estate and their eldest even held her wedding reception in the grand gymnasium. Their second eldest daughter held her outdoor wedding and reception around the backyard fountain and gardens.
Jeff Mossman’s fondest memory is his children’s ‘blizzard parties’.
“When a blizzard was in the forecast,” explains Mossman, “the kids would call up their friends and invite everyone over. If the forecasters were right, we’d all be snowed in for days with nonstop fun and food! If only the walls could talk!”
Clearly, the Mossmans have always enjoyed sharing the splendor of their dream home and welcoming guests with world-class hospitality. Their interest in sharing this grandeur bodes well in the age of the sharing economy.
“We are extending an invitation!” says Jeff Mossman. “The Clemens Mansion is now listed and ready for your bookings.”
The Mossman family is offering a rare, grand estate where other families, large groups and visitors can come to make memories of a lifetime. Weddings. Family reunions. Square dances. Graduation parties. Corporate Meetings. Sports Camps. Conferences and Retreats. This one-of-a-kind 16,000 sq ft French provincial home is a savings over conventional hotels.
Today, The Clemens Mansion, radiates with mystery and majesty. The mansion boasts 11 bdrms / 10 baths, grand gymnasium, library, living room, theater room, and a gourmet kitchen, all encircled by meticulous landscaping and gardens.
“We boast a bucolic Iowa farm setting.” Adds Mossman. “Active farmland borders our property. No matter when you come you will see a different stage of farming right out your window. We live on a blacktop road with a public outdoor swimming pool (in summertime) just a mile away. The small city of Conrad has rural charm with shops, banks, grocery store, convenience stores, flower shop and bar for all your needs.
Please be our guest!
In grace & gratitude,
The Mossman Family
Conrad, 愛荷華州, 美國