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Governor's Mansion
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
The Texas Governor's Mansion in 2006.
Location: 1010 Colorado St., Austin, Texas, USA
Coordinates: 30°16′21.72″N 97°44′34.79″W / 30.2727°N 97.7429972°W / 30.2727; -97.7429972Coordinates: 30°16′21.72″N 97°44′34.79″W / 30.2727°N 97.7429972°W / 30.2727; -97.7429972
Built/Founded: 1855
Architect: Abner Cook
Architectural style(s): Greek Revival
Governing body: State of Texas,
Office of the Governor
Added to NRHP: August 25, 1970[1]
Designated NHL: December 2, 1974[2]
NRHP Reference#: 70000896

The Texas Governor's Mansion is a historic home for the Governor of Texas in downtown Austin, Texas. It was built in 1854, designed by prominent architect Abner Cook, and has been the home of every governor since 1856.

On June 8, 2008, while midway through a major renovation, the mansion was heavily damaged by a fire believed to be arson.[3]

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History

The mansion is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Texas and fourth oldest governor's mansion in the United States that has been continuously occupied by a chief executive. The mansion was the first-designated Texas historic landmark, in 1962.[4] It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and further was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1974.[2][4]

Original Architecture

Built by Abner Cook in a Greek Revival style and completed in 1856, the building occupies the center of a block and is surrounded by trees and gardens. The original mansion was 6,000 square feet (560 m2). Remodeling in 1914 increased the size of the mansion to 8,920 square feet (829 m2). The original mansion had 11 rooms but no bathrooms. The remodeling brought the room count to 25 rooms and 7 bathrooms.

2008 fire

The mansion was partially destroyed by a four-alarm fire in the early morning of June 8, 2008. Current Texas Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry were in Europe at the time of the fire. They had moved out in October 2007 for a $10 million major deferred maintenance project that began in January 2008. The project was to include a fire suppression system.[5] "State Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado said Sunday that investigators have evidence that an arsonist targeted the 152-year-old building. They have made no arrests, and don’t have a suspect. An official close to the investigation said agents determined the fire was a criminal act after reviewing footage from security cameras."[6]

Restoration

In May 2009, $22 million was allocated to the restoration the Governor's Mansion, $11 million of which came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An additional $3.4 million has been raised through private fund raising. [7]

Notes

References

  • "The Texas Governor's Mansion," The Magazine Antiques, July 2006.

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