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Cedar Crest
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Built/Founded: 1929
Architect: William D. Wight
Architectural style(s): French Normandy
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: May 6, 1982
NRHP Reference#: 82002672 [1]

The Kansas Governor's Mansion, also called Cedar Crest, is the official residence of the governor of Kansas and his or her family. Built in 1928, bequeathed to the state in 1955, it became the governor's residence in 1962.

Kansas did not have an official governor's residence until 1901 when the state bought 801 Buchanan (a house originally built in 1887).[2] In 1963, 801 was auctioned off and demolished in 1964. Portions of the building including bay windows, an oak staircase and balcony were incorporated in the downtown Ramada Inn, which was built in another part of Topeka in 1964.[3]

Cedar Crest is on a hilltop on the west side of Topeka overlooking the Kansas River, and was designed by the architect firm Wight and Wight in 1928 for Topeka State Journal and Emporia News newspaper publisher Frank P. MacLennan. MacLennan died in 1933; upon the death of his wife in 1955, she bequeathed Cedar Crest to the state of Kansas with the condition it be utilized as a home for the governor of Kansas. The gift included 244 acres (0.99 km2) of surrounding land to be used as a park (now called MacLennan Park). Since 1962 it has been used as the governor's residence.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

In the 1990s, a $4.4 million rehabilitation of the mansion took place.


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Coordinates: 39°03′58″N 95°44′48″W / 39.065985°N 95.746762°W / 39.065985; -95.746762



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