Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
|Location||2035 North Front Street,
|Construction started||December 1966|
|Client||Governor of Pennsylvania|
|Owner||Pennsylvania Department of General Services|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||George M. Ewing|
The Pennsylvania Governor's Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Pennsylvania and his family, in the Uptown neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The neo-Georgian residence was built from 1966 to 1968 and designed by George M. Ewing, heading an architectural firm in Philadelphia.
The seven-bay brick front has a wide projecting pedimented central bay, in which a Palladian window perches on a pedimented doorway. The Mansion is home to two Steinway grand pianos used for concerts and to entertain dinner guests. Every holiday season the Mansion is opened for special tours.
The mansion is located adjacent to the Susquehanna River and flooding has proven to be a significant hazard. Water intrusion in the basement area is a frequent issue and the mansion has been evacuated three times since its construction due to serious inundation. The first and most serious time was during Hurricane Agnes in 1972 when then Governor Milton Shapp and his wife Muriel had to be rescued by boat. The most recent was 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.