Nebraska Governor's Mansion

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Nebraska Governor's Mansion
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Nebraska Governor's Mansion is located in Nebraska
Nebraska Governor's Mansion
Nebraska Governor's Mansion is located in USA
Nebraska Governor's Mansion
Location 1425 H St., Lincoln, Nebraska
Coordinates 40°48′23″N 96°42′1″W / 40.80639°N 96.70028°W / 40.80639; -96.70028Coordinates: 40°48′23″N 96°42′1″W / 40.80639°N 96.70028°W / 40.80639; -96.70028
Built 1957
Architect Solheim, Selmer A.; Broer, W.J., Construction Co.
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 08000173[1]
Added to NRHP March 12, 2008

The Nebraska Governor's Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Nebraska and his family. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, it is a modified Georgian Colonial home which began operation as the governor's residence on March 17, 1958. Governor Victor E. Anderson was the first to live here. The architect was Selmer Solheim & Associates. The residence has 31 rooms, including 5 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces and a 3-stall garage. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]

Former Nebraska First Gentleman Bill Orr led efforts to refurbish the mansion during the late 1980s.[2][3] Orr, who moved into the mansion with his wife, Governor Kay Orr, in 1987, had described the then interior decor as "early Holiday Inn" noting that "We can do better."[4] Bill Orr authored a cookbook, The First Gentleman's Cookbook, with all proceeds going to a $200,000 fund to renovate and refurbish the mansion.[2][4] Orr published recipes submitted by Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Warren Buffett, Johnny Carson, Katharine Hepburn, Tom Osborne, and Dick Cavett in his cookbook.[2][4][5]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Walton, Don (2013-05-05). "Bill Orr, first gentleman of Nebraska, dies at 78". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  3. ^ Cole, Kevin (2013-05-05). "'First gentleman' Bill Orr known for service, quick wit". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b c Schmidt, William E. (1988-10-21). "Nebraska's First Man Enjoys the Last Laughs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (1988-12-12). "While Nebraska Governor Kay Orr Makes Policy, Husband Bill, Her 'First Gentleman,' Bakes Meat Loaf". People. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 


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