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Miller Mansion, May 2009

Location
2185 Esplanade
Corner of Esplanade and Cohasset
Occupant(s)
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Property Owner
James F. Cotter
Architect
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Construction/Dedication
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Miller Mansion is the large private residence on the Esplanade on the north side of the Lindo Channel. The site was originally the home of Daniel Bidwell, John Bidwell's half-brother on his ranch known as Five Oaks. The original house on the site burned down, and the property was bought by Roy Miller of the family behind Miller's Market. The original Victorian home was damaged beyond repair by the fire, was torn down and replaced in the 1950s with the house that we all know today. Miller Mansion was built in the Greek Revival style.

The property was eventually sold to a relative of the Miller Family, who intended to convert it into a bed and breakfast. The Miller Mansion was used as a B&B for a while, with four guest rooms. Eventually the owner decided to get out of the business and sold the property to James Cotter in 2004 for $1,010,000, who also owns the nearby Garden Villa shopping center. Both the gates to the mansion and the shopping center have a logo that combines the letters C and R, which stands for "Cotter Ranch." The mansion serves as Cotter's private home.

Visible at each gate is a family crest with the Latin motto Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work).

The movie George B (1996) staring David Morse and Nina Siemaszko was filmed on the premises.1.

 

Miller Mansion 2008

Comments


2009-12-20 13:45:06   i would love to be married in front of this! —98.208.88.148


2010-03-06 15:47:49   i would love to have a reception in the back. If that is possible, i would love to talk to someone. —98.208.90.94


2010-03-06 16:01:07   This is so sudden! ... Just kidding. This website has no affiliation with the Miller Mansion. It's an encyclopedia entry. The house is a private residence, perhaps you should go to the gate and try to page them.—GB —GregBard


2010-10-01 16:21:19   The property was actually inherited, not purchased by the grandson of Roy Miller. Also there were only three guest rooms at the B&B. —132.241.96.203

Footnotes

1. Chico Chamber of Commerce - Chico Movie History