Mahonia Hall

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T. A. Livesley House
Mahonia Hall is located in Oregon
Mahonia Hall
Location 533 Lincoln St S
Salem, Oregon
Coordinates 44°55′33″N 123°03′02″W / 44.925709°N 123.050619°W / 44.925709; -123.050619Coordinates: 44°55′33″N 123°03′02″W / 44.925709°N 123.050619°W / 44.925709; -123.050619
Built 1924
Architect Ellis F. Lawrence
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body State of Oregon
NRHP Reference # 90000684
Added to NRHP 1990

Mahonia Hall in Salem, Oregon, United States, is the official governor's mansion for Oregon. The building was acquired by the state in 1988 with private donations. It is also known as the T. A. Livesley House or Thomas and Edna Livesley Mansion, after its original owners.[1] The house was renamed Mahonia Hall after the scientific name of the Oregon-grape, Mahonia aquifolium, Oregon's state flower.[2] A naming contest was held by The Oregonian in 1988, and Eric Johnson, a 13-year-old from Salem, came up with the winning entry.[3] Other finalists were The Eyrie, Trail's End, The Oregon House, and The Cascade House.[3] Governor Neil Goldschmidt and his family were the first official residents.[1]

The half-timber Tudor-style mansion was designed and built in 1924 by Ellis F. Lawrence, the founder of the University of Oregon School of Architecture, for hop farmer Thomas A. Livesley. The structure includes a ballroom on the third floor, a pipe organ, a wine cellar, and formal gardens — all of which were part of the original design. The home has 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of space.[3] Mahonia Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Highway - Geo-Environmental Section: Architecture". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Mershon, Helen L. "Very Oregon: Mahonia Hall, the Official Residence of Oregon's Governors, Gets a Classic, New Look". The Oregonian. 
  3. ^ a b c Filips, Janet (April 1, 1988). "Oregon Children Dream up Monikers for the New House for the Governor". The Oregonian. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: T. A. Livesley House" (PDF). National Park Service. March 26, 1990. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 

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