List of governors' residences in the United States

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This is a list of current and former official residences of governors in the United States. Every U.S. State has at least one official residence, with the exception of Arizona, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Also included is a list of unofficial but notable governors' residences.

* Current official residence
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
†† NRHP-listed and also designated as a National Historic Landmark

Current and former official residences[edit]

State Residence Image Location Dates of use Notes
Alabama Governor's Mansion* Alabama Governor's Mansion by Highsmith 01B.jpg 1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery
32°21′43″N 86°18′26″W / 32.36194°N 86.30722°W / 32.36194; -86.30722 (Alabama Governor's Mansion)
1951–present Classical Revival Built 1907, known as Robert Ligon, Jr., House; began use as Governor's Mansion, 1951
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1972[1]
First residence Firstmansion.jpg South Perry and South Sts., Montgomery 1911–1950 A Beaux Arts brownstone built in 1906, which the state purchased for $46,500. Demolished in 1963.[2]
Alaska Governor's Mansion* AlaskaGovernorsMansion2009.jpg 716 Calhoun Avenue, Juneau
58°18′10″N 134°24′54″W / 58.30278°N 134.41500°W / 58.30278; -134.41500 (Alaska Governor's Mansion)
1912–present Completed and first occupied, 1912
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1976[1]
Arizona None currently
Old Governor's Mansion GovernorsMansion PrescottArea268 May2008.jpg 400 block of W. Gurley, Prescott
34°32′29″N 112°28′23″W / 34.54139°N 112.47306°W / 34.54139; -112.47306 (Old Governor's Mansion)
Built 1864; now part of Sharlot Hall Museum
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1971[1]
Arkansas Governor's Mansion* 1800 Center Street, Little Rock
34°43′54.83″N 92°16′33.57″W / 34.7318972°N 92.2759917°W / 34.7318972; -92.2759917 (Arkansas Governor's Mansion)
1950–present First and only official residence in Arkansas. Construction began in December 1947; officially opened on January 10, 1950; first occupied on February 3, 1950. Included within Governor's Mansion Historic District which was NRHP-listed in 1978.
California Historic Governor's Mansion of California Gov Mans 1.JPG 1526 H Street, Sacramento
38°34′48.52″N 121°29′1.25″W / 38.5801444°N 121.4836806°W / 38.5801444; -121.4836806 (Governor's Mansion State Historic Park)
1903?-1982? Built in 1877; Purchased by state in 1903
Sold by state in 1982
Now part of Governor's Mansion State Historic Park, a state park
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1970;[1] California Historical Landmark, 1974
Colorado Governor's Mansion*
(Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion)
CO governors mansion.jpg 400 East 8th Avenue, Denver
39°43′43″N 104°58′53″W / 39.72861°N 104.98139°W / 39.72861; -104.98139 (Colorado Governor's Mansion)
1960?-present Built in 1908, accepted as gift to the state in 1959
Restored in the 1980s
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1969. Colonial Revival.[1]
Connecticut Governor's Residence* 990 Prospect Avenue, Hartford
41°46′43″N 72°42′48″W / 41.77861°N 72.71333°W / 41.77861; -72.71333 (Connecticut Governor's Residence)
1945–present Built in 1909; acquired by state in 1943; served as governor's residence since 1945. Georgian Revival; a contributing property in an NRHP historic district[3]
Delaware Governor's Mansion* Woodburn, Kings Highway, Dover (Kent County, Delaware).jpg 151 Kings Highway, Dover
39°9′41″N 75°31′25″W / 39.16139°N 75.52361°W / 39.16139; -75.52361 (Delaware Governor's Mansion)
1965–present Also known as Woodburn. Built c. 1798 in Georgian style; purchased by state for use as governor's residence in 1965. NRHP-listed in 1972[1]
Florida Governor's Mansion
(The People's House of Florida)
FLGovMansion2007.JPG 700 North Adams Street, Tallahassee 1907-1955
1957-now
Funds for mansion appropriated by Legislature in 1905; completed in Colonial Revival style in 1907
Funds for new mansion appropriated after original mansion determined to be structurally unsound in 1952; funds for new mansion appropriated by Legislature in 1953
Plans for new mansion approved and old mansion demolished, 1955
New mansion completed, 1956; re-occupied by governor, spring 1957; expanded, 2005
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 2006[1]
Georgia Governor's Mansion Ga-governorsmansion-front.jpg 391 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta Built 1967 in Greek Revival style, heavily damaged by tornado and renovated soon thereafter, 1975
Old Governor's Mansion (Milledgeville, Georgia) Old Governor's Mansion (Baldwin County, Georgia).jpg 120 S. Clark St., Milledgeville, Georgia
33°4′42″N 83°13′53″W / 33.07833°N 83.23139°W / 33.07833; -83.23139 (Old Governor's Mansion (Milledgeville, Georgia))
1838–1868 NRHP-listed,[1] in original state capital in Milledgeville, occupied 1838–1868 and still open today for public tours.
1868–1870 Unofficial three story, 14-room Charles A. Larenden on east side of Peachtree Street in Atlanta occupied 1868-1870
First official mansion in Atlanta, purchased in 1870, occupied by 17 governors; vacated, 1921; demolished, 1923.
The Prado in Ansley Park 1925–1968 granite estate of Edwin Ansley, acquired by state in 1925; occupied by 11 governors; vacated and demolished in 1968
Governor L. G. Hardman House Commerce, Georgia NRHP-listed.
Hawaii Washington Place Washington Place Honolulu HI.jpg 320 Beretania Street, Honolulu 1918-? Built 1847 in Greek Revival style; used as palace of Liliuokalani; site of Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, 1893; became Executive Mansion, 1918
Remodeled, 1922; vacated and became historic house museum, 2002
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1972;[1] designated National Historic Landmark, 2007
Idaho State of Idaho Executive Residence
(Governor's Residence)
(Idaho House)
4000 Simplot Lane, Boise Built in 1979; donated to state in November 2005;[1] never occupied by a governor
Illinois Executive Mansion 410 East Jackson Street, Springfield Completed in 1855 in Italianate style; one of the oldest continuously-occupied governor's mansions in the United States
Governor and family generally live in a seven-room private apartment behind the mansion; mansion itself mainly maintained as historic site and use for state functions
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1976[1]
Indiana Governor's Residence Indiana Governor's Residence.jpg 4750 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis English Tudor Revival style; built in 1924, purchased by state in 1973
Grouseland Grouseland front and southern side.jpg Vincennes, Indiana
38°41′7.76″N 87°31′33.62″W / 38.6854889°N 87.5260056°W / 38.6854889; -87.5260056 (Grouseland)
Built 1804 in Federal style, for William Henry Harrison in Vincennes, Indiana, during his term as Governor of the Indiana Territory.. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960[4][5]
Second official residence
Third official residence
Fourth official residence
Fifth official residence
Four unofficial residences
Iowa Terrace Hill Terracehill.jpg 2300 Grand Avenue, Des Moines41°35′0″N 93°38′56″W / 41.58333°N 93.64889°W / 41.58333; -93.64889 (Terrace Hill) 1976- Construction of current mansion began in 1866; completed in Second Empire style in 1869; donated to state and first occupied by governor in 1976
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1972;[1] designated National Historic Landmark, 2003.
Previous mansion 1947–1976 Purchased in 1947
Kansas Cedar Crest CedarCrest.jpg 1 SW Cedar Crest Road, Topeka Built in 1928 in country French chateau style. bequeathed to state in 1955; first occupied by governor, 1962
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1982.[1]
Original official residence 801 Buchanan Original official residence, built in 1887 and purchased by state in 1901; auctioned off in 1963 and demolished in 1964
Governor L. D. Lewelling House 1245 N. Broadway, Wichita NRHP-listed in Sedgwick County
Kentucky Governor's Mansion KY Governors Mansion.png East lawn of the Capitol at end of Capital Avenue, Frankfort Built 1912-1914 in Beaux-Arts style to replace old governor's mansion; used as executive residence since. NRHP-listed in 1972
Old Governor's Mansion Old Kentucky Governor's Mansion.jpg 420 High St., Frankfort
38°11′58″N 84°52′26″W / 38.19944°N 84.87389°W / 38.19944; -84.87389 (Kentucky Governor's Mansion)
Referred to as "the Palace" in early years
Funds appropriated by Kentucky General Assembly in 1796; completed in 1798. Replaced by current Governor's Mansion but continued to be used as official residence of Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, though not used by past three lieutenant governors. Asserted to be the oldest official executive residence officially still in use in the United States. Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1971
Louisiana Governor's Mansion LAGovMansion.JPG 1001 Capitol Access Road, Baton Rouge Greek Revival
(with some Colonial Revival features)
Built 1963, used since
Old Governor's Mansion OldLAGovMan.JPG 502 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge 1930–1961 After 1961 site of Louisiana Arts and Science Center Museum, 1964–1976; reopened as historic house museum, 1978
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1975
Mouton House 261 North Liberty Street, Opelousas 1862-1863 Built in 1850 for former Lt. Governor Charles Homere Mouton. During the height of the Civil War from 1862-1863, the home served as the Governor's Mansion for Governor Thomas Overton Moore when the State Capitol was moved to Opelousas from Baton Rouge.
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1991
Maine The Blaine House BlaineHouse1.JPG 1919–present Built 1833; purchased by James G. Blaine in 1862; donated by Blaine's youngest daughter to the state and established as official residence by Legislature in 1919. Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1969;[1] Designated National Historic Landmark, 1964
Maryland Government House MD Governor Mansion 09.JPG
Massachusetts None currently
Michigan Governor's Mansion Michigan govmansion.jpg Moore River Drive estates, Lansing 1969–present Designed by American architect Wallace Frost and built in 1957 as a private residence, the mansion in Lansing was donated to the state in 1969 and is maintained with private funds. The mansion was renovated under Governor Jennifer Granholm and contains 8,700 sq ft (810 m2).[6]
Governor's summer retreat Governor's Summer Retreat.jpg Mackinac Island 1945–present Built in 1902, the Governor’s summer residence on Mackinac Island is a three-story structure located on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. It was originally built as a private residence for Chicago attorney Lawrence Andrew Young and later owned by the Hugo Scherer family of Detroit. In 1944, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission purchased the home for its original cost of $15,000. NRHP-listed in 1997.
Governor's Mansion (Marshall, Michigan) GovernorsMansionMarshallMI.jpg 621 S. Marshall Ave., Marshall
42°15′54″N 84°57′16″W / 42.26500°N 84.95444°W / 42.26500; -84.95444 (Governor's Mansion (Marshall, Michigan))
Built in Greek Revival style in 1839; NRHP-listed in Calhoun County
Minnesota Governor's Residence Minnesota Governor's Residence.jpg 1006 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul 1965–present
Mississippi Governor's Mansion Mississippi Governors Mansion.jpg 316 East Capitol Street, Jackson Built between 1839 and 1842 with funds appropriated by the state legislature. Occupied by Mississippi's governors since 1842, making it the nation's second-oldest continually-used gubernatorial mansion. Designed by architect William Nichols (1780-1853), the mansion is considered to be one of the nation's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1969;[1] designated National Historic Landmark, 1975; Designated Mississippi Landmark, 1986
Missouri Governor's Mansion Missouri-governor-mansion.jpg Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1969[1]
Montana Governor's Residence 2 Carson Street, Helena 1959–present
Former Montana Executive Mansion MontanaOriginalGovernorsMansion.jpg 6th Ave. and Ewing St., Helena
46°35′16″N 112°2′3″W / 46.58778°N 112.03417°W / 46.58778; -112.03417 (Former Montana Executive Mansion)
1913–1959 Queen Anne style house designed by Cass Gilbert
Nebraska Governor's Mansion Nebraska Governor's Mansion.jpg 1425 H Street, Lincoln Added to National Register of Historic Places, 2008[1]
Nevada Governor's Mansion Nevada Govenors Mansion.JPG 606 Mountain Street, Carson City Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1976[1]
New Hampshire Governor's Mansion
(Bridges House)
21 Mountain Road, Concord
New Jersey Drumthwacket*† Drumthwacket1.jpg 354 Stockton Road, Princeton
40°20′21.57″N 74°40′29.36″W / 40.3393250°N 74.6748222°W / 40.3393250; -74.6748222 (Drumthwacket)
1982–present Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1975[1]
Morven†† MorvenNJ.jpg 55 Stockton Street, Princeton
40°20′50.97″N 74°40′1.03″W / 40.3474917°N 74.6669528°W / 40.3474917; -74.6669528 (Morven)
1954–1981 Officially known as Morven Museum & Garden. Built 1730.
Added to National Register of Historic Places, 1971[1]
New Mexico Governor's Mansion New Mexico Governor's Mansion.jpg 1 Mansion Drive, Santa Fe Modified Territorial
New York State Executive Mansion ExecutiveHouseAlbany.JPG 138 Eagle Street, Albany Queen Anne
North Carolina Executive Mansion North-Carolina-Executive-Mansion-20080321.jpeg Queen Anne
North Dakota Governor's Residence Ndgovresidence.JPG
Former North Dakota Executive Mansion FormerGovernorResidenceND.jpg
Ohio Governor's Mansion
(Malcolm Jeffrey House)
Mansion thru Roses.jpg 1957- Built 1923-25. Tudor Revival/Jacobethan Revival.
Old Governor's Mansion Old Ohio Governor's Mansion.jpg 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus Also known as Ohio Archives Building or as Charles H. Lindenberg Home, built 1904. NRHP-listed in 1972
Oklahoma Governor's Mansion Oklahoma Governor's Mansion.png 820 NE 23rd Street, Oklahoma City Dutch Colonial Revival
Governor's Mansion Shawnee Built 1903, NRHP-listed in 1983[1]
Oregon Mahonia Hall
(Thomas and Edna Livesley Mansion)
533 Lincoln Street South, Salem Built 1924 in Tudor Revival style, acquired by state in 1988 with private donations. NRHP-listed in 1990
Pennsylvania Governor's Residence Pennsylvania Governor's Residence.jpg 2035 North Front Street, Harrisburg Colonial Revival
Puerto Rico La Fortaleza
(The Fortress)
Gardens La Fortaleza.jpg Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 1533-present Palacio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Palace) Oldest continuously used government building in The Americas.
Rhode Island None currently
South Carolina Governor's Mansion South Carolina Governor's Mansion, 800 Richland St., columbia (Richland County, South Carolina).JPG 800 Richland Street, Columbia NRHP-listed in 1970
South Dakota Governor's Mansion
Governor William J. Bulow House Beresford NRHP-listed
Governor Leslie Jensen House Hot Spring NRHP-listed, in Fall River County
Governor John L. Pennington House Governor John L. Pennington House from S.JPG Yankton NRHP-listed, in Yankton County
Tennessee Governor's Mansion
Texas Governor's Mansion Texas governors mansion.jpg Built in 1855; home of every governor since 1856. NRHP-listed in 1970;[1] designated National Historic Landmark in 1974
Spanish Governor's Palace San Antonio
29°25′30″N 98°29′40″W / 29.42500°N 98.49444°W / 29.42500; -98.49444 (Texas Governor's Mansion)
Built c. 1722; NRHP-listed
Utah Governor's Mansion*† Kearns Mansion Salt Lake City.jpeg 603 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City Built in 1902; donated to state to serve as governor's mansion in February 1937, NRHP-listed in 1970
Vermont The Pavilion WcThePavilion.JPG
Virginia Executive Mansion The Executive Mansion, Richmond, VA.jpg Capitol Square, Richmond 1813–present Built 1811 in Federal style. NRHP-listed in 1969;[1] designated National Historic Landmark in 1988
Governor's Palace Colonial Williamsburg Governors Palace Front Dscn7232.jpg Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg 1776–1780 Constructed over 16 years and completed in 1721
Home to seven governors; the last was Thomas Jefferson
Main building destroyed by fire, December 22, 1781
Surviving outbuildings demolished during the American Civil War
Reconstructed Governor's Palace opened April 23, 1934
Washington Governor's Mansion Washington State Governor's Mansion.jpg 1909–present Built in 1908 in Colonial Revival.
West Virginia Governor's Mansion WVGovernorsMansion.jpg 1716 Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston Colonial Revival, NRHP-listed in 1974[1]
Wisconsin Governor's Mansion WI Gov Mansion Winter.JPG 99 Cambridge Road, Maple Bluff Built in 1920 in Classical Revival style; sold to state in 1949
Wyoming Governor's Mansion 5001 Central Avenue, Cheyenne Built in 1976 in Colonial Revival style
Old Governor's Mansion Historic Governor's Mansion, Cheyenne, Wyoming.jpg 300 East 21st Street, Cheyenne
41°8′13″N 104°48′53″W / 41.13694°N 104.81472°W / 41.13694; -104.81472 (Old Governor's Mansion)
Colonial Revival style, NRHP-listed in 1969[1]

Unofficial residences[edit]

Following are notable homes that served as unofficial residences for sitting governors, or which are their later or earlier homes.

State Residence Image Location Dates of use Notes
Alabama Governor George Smith Houston House Governor George S. Houston House, 101 Houston Street, Athens (Limestone County, Alabama).jpg 101 N. Houston St., Athens
34°48′22″N 86°58′41″W / 34.80611°N 86.97806°W / 34.80611; -86.97806 (Governor George Smith Houston House)
 ? NRHP-listed


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "The Governor's Mansion". "Alabama Department of Archives and History". Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  3. ^ Gregory E. Andrews, David F. Ransom, and John Herzan (December 17, 1984). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Prospect Avenue Historic District". National Park Service.  and Accompanying 24 photos from 1984 (photo #7 is of Governor's Mansion)
  4. ^ "Grouseland (William Henry Harrison House)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  5. ^ Mendinghall, Joseph Scott (April 22, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: William Henry Harrison Home". National Park Service. 
  6. ^ Dolan, Matthew (December 30, 2010).No Thanks, No Mansion for Me, Say More Governors-to-Be. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2010.