The mansion, as seen from the adjacent Capitol lawn
It was built in 1912-14 to be the governor's mansion, to designs submitted by Weber, Werner & Adkins of Cincinnati, Ohio; besides the Kentuckian architects normally credited with the design, the brothers Chris C. and Edward A. Weber (1875–1929) of Fort Thomas, partners in the firm included G.S. Werner, and J.S. Adkins. The brothers Weber were selected from among four firms invited to submit plans. The new mansion replaced the Old Governor's Mansion, built in 1798, which still stands, at 420 High Street, Frankfort. The Act specified that the new mansion should be "constructed, trimmed and finished with native stone produced from quarries in Kentucky." The Beaux-Arts design owed a great deal to the Petit Trianon at Versailles' interiors were in neoclassical French taste. The landscaping design for the mansion was developed and implemented by William Speed of Louisville.
The Governor's Mansion Preservation Foundation is a charitable trust that is charged with conservation of the historic structure. The Governor's Mansion is regularly open for tours.
^The partners were also responsible for the Stephen A. Gerrard Mansion in Cincinnati and the twelve-storey Lafayette Hotel, Franklin, built in 1920-21 (John D. Wright, Lexington Heart of the Bluegrass: An Illustrated History [University Press of Kentucky] 1997:147), now the LFUCG Government Center, and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.