Governor Mansion, Austin
UPDATE: Closed due to renovation
The wide front porches of this stately white mansion seem like they'd provide a shady respite from the Texas sun. One can imagine the Governor offering up an icy, cool beverage for his guests to enjoy!
The mansion is said to be the oldest continuously occupied home west of the Mississippi River. Artifacts important to Texas history are located here, such as Stephen Austin's writing desk and period furnishings.
Originally built by Abner Cook in 1856 as a 'simple square home', it held four rooms downstairs and the same upstairs. A new conservatory was added in 1914, as well as, a new kitchen at that time. It is best described as a Southern Mansion.
Reservations must be made at least one day ahead. There is no charge and tours leave every 20 minutes--each group limited to 25. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-Noon, but this may vary depending on events or holidays.
The Texas Governor's Mansion, across from the street from the State Capitol is the premier historic home of Texas. It has served as the official residence of Texas governors and their families since 1856 and is the fourth oldest governor’s residence continuously occupied in the United States. It is the oldest governor’s mansion west of the Mississippi River. The mansion's first residents were Texas's fifth Governor, Elisha Marshall Pease, his wife, Lucadia, and their daughters.
Visitors may tour the Governor's Mansion Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. For security reasons, visitors must make a reservation one business day in advance. Unfortunately, that requirement kept me from being able to see inside the Mansion.
The governor's home immediately reminded me of a southern cotton plantation owner's mansion. It is a stately residence, indeed, with beautiful grounds. My guidebook tells me that the lower level of the house is open for tours Monday thru Thursday at certain hours. Call the number below for details.
Due to the new Security restrictions of the post Sept. 11th world, if you wish to come visit the Governor's mansion in person, you will have to submit a request 24 hours in advance. I guess this is enough time for them to run a full background check!
One of the more recent reasons this place is important is because it was where George Bush was when he was elected President.
The building was completed in 1856, and it has been continually occupied by the successive Governors of Texas and their families from that time on.
Guided tour are organised but you have to book one day in advance - Check the website for further details.
Since 1856 when the mansion was built, every Texas governor has called this gracious dwelling home. You can take a free tour Monday through Friday, every 20mins from 10.00 - 11.40am. The governor and his family occupy a private second floor apartment.
The north bedroom in the governor's mansion is apparently haunted by a 19 year old who committed suicide there in 1864.
Visit the Governor's Mansion.
The mansion was completed in June 1856. Since then it has survived the ravages of normal deterioration, periodic legislative threats of abandonment, scars of Civil War and Reconstruction from occupancy of Yankee soldiers, a fire, a suicide, and even a ghost.
Another very impressive building is the Govenors Mansion.. I love the Historical buildings in the US.. and this sure was one of them.