Texas Governor’s Mansion

1010 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

As the fourth-oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States, the Texas Governor’s Mansion has been the offical home of each of the forty Texas governors since 1856. Constructed by master builder Abner Cook , the Mansion is a fine example of the Greek Revival style and was built from Texas materials like long-leaf pine from Bastrop and brick made on the Colorado River. As the oldest building in the State Capitol Complex, the Governor’s Mansion has played a significant role in political and governmental events for more than 15 decades.

The home also stands as an historical repository of domestic life during the past 153 years. The Mansion’s history showcases technological change, changing taste in building interiors, the evolution of the role of women and changes in the daily routine of family life in the public arena. The Governor’s Mansion is the most historic home in Texas and is an architectural treasure.

Fire nearly destroyed the Mansion in June 2008. The restoration will rightly require the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to historical details, and the efforts will cost millions and take several years. Because the State is self-insured and because all revenue sources have been affected by the overall economic downturn, it remains uncertain how this Texas treasure will be preserved.

Nominator: The Friends of the Governor’s Mansion