Kentucky Governor's Mansion

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Kentucky Governor's Mansion
Kentucky Governor's Mansion is located in Kentucky
Kentucky Governor's Mansion
Location E lawn of the Capitol at end of Capital Ave., Frankfort, Kentucky
Coordinates 38°11′14″N 84°52′25″W / 38.18722°N 84.87361°W / 38.18722; -84.87361Coordinates: 38°11′14″N 84°52′25″W / 38.18722°N 84.87361°W / 38.18722; -84.87361
Built 1912
Architect C.C. Weber; E.A. Weber
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, French Renaissance
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 72000532[1]
Added to NRHP February 01, 1972

The Kentucky Governor's Mansion is a historic residence in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is located at the East lawn of the Capitol, at the end of Capital Avenue. On February 1, 1972, it was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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)[2] 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.[3] 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[4] 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.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Edward A. Weber: "He was a leading architect in northern Kentucky and for eleven years was a member of the Kentucky legislature."
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Kentucky Division of Historic Properties: The Capitol of Kentucky: A Brief Introduction

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