It had been built by the Walsh family who also began many of the gold/silver mines such as Camp Bird in the area. Some years ago Evelyn Walsh McLean, the daughter of Mr. Walsh wrote a biography, "Father Struck it Rich." The portrait above is of Evelyn and her children. If you get a chance to read her biography it really portrays the era and some of her crazy antics!
The Hope Diamond was a topic of the video as well. While watching it came to the part that told about Evelyn owning the Hope Diamond. Also stating that a replica was located in the room.
I immediately got up and looked at it. The museum curator told me that we had missed it by a week to have met Evelyns grandson and they were taking picture of people wearing the replica...darn!
I couldn't believe I hadn't seen the replica as I walked into the room; however, there was a lot to see in the room.
After Evelyns death the Hope was sold to Harry Winston who reset it to its current setting for the Smithsonian.