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Thomas and Edna Livesley Mansion
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Mahonia Hall is located in Oregon
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/Founded: 1924
Architect: Ellis F. Lawrence
Architectural style(s): Tudor Revival
Governing body: State of Oregon
Added to NRHP: 1990
NRHP Reference#: 90000684

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 Thomas and Edna Livesley Mansion, after its original owners.[1] The house was renamed Mahonia Hall after the Latin 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 lavish 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] Mahonia Hall is located in the South Central (SCAN) neighborhood.

Previous governors' residence

Before the purchase of Mahonia Hall, whatever house the governor rented became the "Governor's mansion".[5] Governors Atiyeh and McCall lived in the 1929 Stiff-Jarman House, an English cottage-style (also characterized as Arts and Crafts style)[6] residence currently located in the North Capitol Mall Historic Redevelopment area.[7][8] After the end of Atiyeh's term, the Stiff-Jarman House became the headquarters of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.[6] Today the building houses rented offices.[7]


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