Nebraska Governor's Mansion

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Nebraska Governor's Mansion
Nebraska Governor's Mansion.jpg
of Nebraska
Nebraska Governor's Mansion is located in Nebraska
Nebraska Governor's Mansion
Nebraska Governor's Mansion is located in the US
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 National Park Service (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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  • Lincoln Journal and Star, 25 May 1952 – 6 May 1961.
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