Official residence

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An official residence is the residence at which a nation's head of state, head of government, governor or other senior figure officially resides. It may or may not be the same location where the individual conducts work-related functions, or actually lives.



 United Nations[edit]



  • Presidential Palace


 Burkina Faso[edit]

Palais Kosyam in Ouagadougou
  • Palais Kosyam


  • Kiriri Presidential Palace


  • Unity Palace[1]

 Cape Verde[edit]

 Central African Republic[edit]

  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace

Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of the[edit]

  • Kinshasa Presidential Palace Palais de la Nation

Republic of the Congo Congo, Republic of the[edit]

  • Brazzaville Presidential Palace

 Côte d'Ivoire[edit]


  • Presidential Palace


 Equatorial Guinea[edit]




  • Presidential Palace





  • Belle Vue (demolished; former summer residence of the President)


  • Presidential Palace



  • Royal Palace (King)






  • Presidential Palace







  • Presidential Palace




 São Tomé and Príncipe[edit]

  • Presidential Palace



 Sierra Leone[edit]


 South Africa[edit]


Provincial, former[edit]


  • Presidential Palace


  • Lozitha Palace (King)









 Antigua and Barbuda[edit]






 Dominican Republic[edit]




 Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

 Saint Lucia[edit]

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]

 Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

North America[edit]


  • Government House (Governor-General, formerly; kept for official government functions, visiting foreign dignitaries, and as House of Culture Museum)



*The provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec no longer have official residences for their lieutenant governors, but do provide them with accommodations; in the case of Ontario, only if necessary.

 Costa Rica[edit]

  • Casa Presidencial, Costa Rica (President)

 El Salvador[edit]


  • Casa Presidencial


  • Palacio "José Cecilio del Valle" (President)



*In every state of the Mexico the Palacio de Gobierno, or Government Palace, was the official residence the governor, they are now maintained solely as the relevant governor's offices.



  • Casa de la Corregidora (Governor mansion)


  • Presidential Palace


 United States[edit]

White House, Washington
Alabama Governor's Mansion
California Governor's Mansion
Colorado Governor's Mansion
Hawaiʻi: ʻIolani Palace
Indiana Governor's Residence
Kansas: Cedar Crest
Kentucky Governor's Mansion
Maryland: Government House
Minnesota Governor's Residence
New Jersey: Drumthwacket
Texas Governor's Mansion
Utah Governor's Mansion
  • Puerto Rico:
  • La Fortaleza (Governor's Mansion)
  • Playa El Convento (Governor's Beach Retreat)
  • Casa Jájome (Governor's Mountain Retreat)
  • Jardín Botánico (UPR President's Residence)
  • Casa del Rector (UPR Río Piedras Campus Chancellor's Residence)
Henry County Sheriff's Residence and Jail

Note that some mayors in cities with an official mayor's residence choose instead to reside at their private residence, using the official residence for official functions only. This has occurred in the 21st century in Detroit and New York City, although as of 2015 the mayors of both cities live in the official residences. In the case of Denver, no mayor has ever lived in the official residence; the city instead makes it available to certain non-profit groups for special functions.

Walter Lowrie House, Princeton, New Jersey

This section is reserved for official residences maintained by private, nongovernmental institutions.

South America[edit]


Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires


  • Palacio Quemado (President's office)
  • Palace of Calacoto (Official residence of the President)
  • Castillo blanco (Winter residence of the President)
  • Principado de la Glorieta (Summer residence of the President)
  • Villa Albina (Summer residence of the President)
  • Mercado street (Office prime minister)
  • Casa Verde (Official residence of the prime minister)


Palácio da Alvorada, Brasília
Palácio Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro Governor's Residence


Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago
  • None. The President uses own private residence.
  • Presidential Palace of Cerro Castillo, Viña del Mar (President, retreat)


Casa de Nariño, Bogota





Palacio de Gobierno, Lima





Central Asia[edit]


Ak Orda Presidential Palace


  • White House, also Government House or Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace


Oguzkhan Palace


East Asia[edit]

China People's Republic of China[edit]

Zhongnanhai, Beijing


 Hong Kong[edit]
Government House, Hong Kong

Former British Colony of Hong Kong


Former Portuguese Macau


Kantei, Tokyo

North Korea Korea, North[edit]


South Korea Korea, South[edit]

Cheong Wa Dae, Seoul
- Cheong Wa Dae is the official presidential office and residence complex for the President of South Korea.
- Its address is "1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea". It is located next to Gyeongbokgung, the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty.
- Cheong Nam Dae used to be one of the two vacation residences for the President of Republic of Korea. It was returned to public in 2003.
- It is located in Cheongwon-gun, North Chungcheong Province.
- Cheong Hae Dae used to be one of the two vacation residences for the President of Republic of Korea. Although the president no longer uses this facility this compound is still under the administration of the Republic of Korea Navy, and thus is not open to public access.
- It is located on one of the islands of Geoje-shi, South Gyeongsang Province.
- This is the official residence for the Prime Minister of Republic of Korea. The Prime Minister, however, does not work here.
- Its address is "111-2 Samcheongdong-gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea". It is located close to Cheong Wa Dae.
- This is the official residence for the Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea. The Speaker, also, does not work here.
- It is located in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, where many foreign missions to Korea are located.
- This is the official residence for the Chief Justice of Republic of Korea. The Chief Justice, also, does not work here.
- It is also located in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
  • Most ministers of state and heads of administrative regions also have official residences, although they are not listed here.


  • Presidential Palace

Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan)[edit]

Presidential Building, Taipei
Guest House
Office and Residence

South Asia[edit]





Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
Arched Gate of the Raj Bhavan, Kolkata
Union Territories[edit]


Theemuge, Maldives




 Sri Lanka[edit]

Southeast Asia[edit]


Istana Nurul Iman courtyard


 East Timor[edit]


Istana Merdeka, Jakarta




The Istana Negara is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia


Malacañan Palace, Manila, Philippines



Grand Palace, Bangkok


Presidential Palace, Hanoi


Western Asia[edit]


  • Presidential Palace, also "President House"
  • #1 Government House (Prime Minister)
  • President's Vacation House, by Lake Sevan (President, retreat)[19]





  • Presidential Palace





Beit Aghion, Jerusalem.





Beiteddine Palace



  • Emir's Palace (Emir)

 Saudi Arabia[edit]

  • Riyadh Qasr Malik Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (King)
  • Jeddah Qasr Malik Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (King)
  • Mina Royal Palace
  • Makkah Royal Palace



 United Arab Emirates[edit]





Hofburg Neue Burg section, seen from Heldenplatz.



 Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

  • Presidency Building
  • Konak Residence (visiting foreign dignitaries; also used for state receptions)



 Czech Republic[edit]

Prague Castle is the residence of the President of the Czech Republic




Presidential Palace, Tallinn




Palais de l'Elysée
Hôtel Matignon

Former royal residences[edit]


Presidence (President of French Polynesia)
Haut Commissariat (High Commissioner of French Polynesia)


Villa Hammerschmidt
Schloss Bellevue


Palais Schaumburg



Former royal residences[edit]

Brandenburg/Prussia/Imperial/East Germany/Former West Germany

Sanssouci Palace


Mannheim Palace




Buda Castle, Budapest



 Republic of Ireland[edit]


  • Dublin Castle (seat of British rule prior to independence in 1922)


Palazzo del Quirinale
Villa Doria Pamphili

Former residences[edit]


Government of the Republic of Kosovo building in Pristina




Presidential Palace, Vilinus



Grand Ducal Palace

 Republic of Macedonia[edit]

  • Villa Vodno (Official Presidential Residence)



  • Presidential Palace



  • Blue Palace (Official Residence of the President)


Royal Palace, Amsterdam


Royal Palace, Oslo


Presidential Palace, Warsaw






Grand Kremlin Palace



Novi dvor (New Court)



Grassalkovich Palace



Palacio Real (Royal Palace), Madrid

Autonomous communities[edit]



The Royal Palace in Stockholm
Drottningholm Palace
Sager Palace
Former royal residences[edit]

Prime Ministerial[edit]



Federal Palace

official estates of the Swiss Federal Council:


Mariyinsky Palace, Kiev

 United Kingdom[edit]

Buckingham Palace, London




  Vatican City[edit]

Apostolic Palace, Vatican






Government House, Melbourne
State, former[edit]


 Cook Islands[edit]



 New Zealand[edit]



 Papua New Guinea[edit]


  • Government House (Chief)

 Solomon Islands[edit]


Royal Palace, Tonga



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cameroon, Unity Palace. "The Presidential Residence". All About the PRC. 
  2. ^ Governor General of Canada: Rideau Hall. Galbraith, William; Canadian Parliamentary Review: Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1939 Royal Visit; Vol. 12, No. 3, 1989. Lanctot, Gustave; Royal Tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Canada and the United States of America 1939; E.P. Taylor Foundation; 1964. Aimers, John; Monarchy Canada: The Palace on the Rideau; April 1996
  3. ^ Governor General of Canada: La Citadelle
  4. ^ Prime Minister of Canada: 24 Sussex Drive
  5. ^ National Capital Commission: Harrington Lake
  6. ^ National Capital Commission: Stornoway
  7. ^ National Capital Commission: The Farm
  8. ^ National Capital Commission: 7 Rideau Gate
  9. ^ Schevitz, Tanya (November 14, 2005). "Free mansions for people of means: UC system spends about US$1 million yearly on upkeep". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A9.  |first2= missing |last2= in Authors list (help)
  10. ^ See University of California Policy 2.725, "University-Provided Housing," 1 August 2009, 2, and University of California Business and Finance Bulletin G-45, "Implementing Requirements on Expenses Incurred in Support of Official Responsibilities of the President and Chancellors," 20 May 2008, 2.
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  13. ^ "Campus Guide: Maxwell Place". University of Kentucky. July 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ Elson, Martha (October 29, 2015). "UofL owns Highlands mansion, but nobody's home". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2015.  The house is not currently used as a full-time residence. Current university president James Ramsey was not required to live in the house upon becoming president in 2002 because he was hired from the university's faculty and already owned a home in the area. During his tenure, he has used the house mainly for fundraisers and other university events, and has used a carriage house on the property for smaller events and as lodging for university guests.
  15. ^ "Welcome to Eastcliff". University of Minnesota. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Historic Campus: The President's House". The College of William & Mary. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Olin House / Chancellor's Residence". University of Wisconsin - Madison. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "UWM's new chancellor's mansion will help woo donors". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ Beth Potter. Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 218. 
  20. ^ Governor return to Government House
  21. ^ Belair National Park - Visiting the Park
  22. ^ National Trust of Australia: La Trobe's Cottage
  23. ^ Toorak House
  24. ^ Melbourne Buildings: Stonnington
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