The mansion is one of the best remaining examples of Gustav Herter's tromp loeil (fool the eye) work. It is beautiful and a lovely place to see a unique style of architecture. It was built by Ruggles Morse who was a hotelier in New Orleans, so it has some conveniences that are unique to the hotel business. The docents have a very good background on the house and all of the times I have toured the mansion, I have not been disappointed. It is truly a gem in Portland.