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Alabama is one of the thirteen states that allows inmates to work on the residence. In Alabama in 2010, inmates on the work release program, which includes community custody inmates who work for free world wages in free world clothing, and minimum custody inmates who work in prison whites for government entities participate in a work program where males are responsible for ground work and painting while females contribute with cooking and cleaning.<ref name=inmate>[http://www.asca.net/system/assets/attachments/1096/Governor_s_Residence_Program_Survey.pdf ''ASCA,'' Governor's Residence Program Survey, September 9, 2010]</ref>
 
Alabama is one of the thirteen states that allows inmates to work on the residence. In Alabama in 2010, inmates on the work release program, which includes community custody inmates who work for free world wages in free world clothing, and minimum custody inmates who work in prison whites for government entities participate in a work program where males are responsible for ground work and painting while females contribute with cooking and cleaning.<ref name=inmate>[http://www.asca.net/system/assets/attachments/1096/Governor_s_Residence_Program_Survey.pdf ''ASCA,'' Governor's Residence Program Survey, September 9, 2010]</ref>
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==Alaska==
 
==Alaska==
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|State = Alaska
 
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|Occupied = Yes
 
|Occupied = Yes
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|Cost = $764,600
 
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Alaska's 2 1/2-story 12,900-square-foot mansion was completed in 1912 after Congress authorized $40,000 for a residence for the governor to be built and furnished in 1910.<ref>[http://sled.alaska.edu/akfaq/akgov ''Statewide Library Electronic Doorway,'' Alaska Governor's Mansion, December 15, 2010]</ref>  
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Alaska's 2 1/2-story 12,900-square-foot mansion was completed in 1912 after the 1910 Congress authorized $40,000 for a residence for the governor to be built and furnished. The mansion is located at 716 Calhoun Street in Juneau, Alaska. The building was designed by John Knox Taylor, and was built under the direction of William N. Collier, an engineer with the Treasury Department. At the time, the treasurer department was responsible for overseeing all public buildings owned by the federal government. When the first governor to reside in the home, Walter Eli Clark and his family, moved in, the first floor included a reception hall, drawing room, library, dining room, office, kitchen, two pantries, and a conservatory. The second floor contained four large bedrooms, a sewing room and three bathrooms. The third floor was designed as servant's quarters and had a large room that was to have served as a territorial museum. The exterior of the building, which looks very similar to the building today, was completed in 1936. It was plaster covered wood, painted white. The first renovation was done in 1967-68 by Arthur Morgan Designers of Seattle. They redesigned the third floor into two guest suites and a bedroom. A second renovation, done in 1983, installed new heating, electrical, plumbing, and security systems, as well as restored the interior design of the first two floors to the original 1912 period and refinished the hardwood floors.<ref>[http://sled.alaska.edu/akfaq/akgov ''Statewide Library Electronic Doorway,'' Alaska Governor's Mansion, December 15, 2010]</ref> The most recent work has been a renovation of an exterior retaining wall, and removal of soil on the property that has been contaminated from lead paint. The project, started the summer of 2013, is expected to cost between $800,000 to $890,000 including the landscaping.<ref>[http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/renovations-planned-at-alaska-governor-s-mansion/article_5e03aa20-cebc-11e2-a760-0019bb30f31a.html ''Newsminer,'' Renovations planned at Alaska Governor's Mansion, June 6, 2013]</ref>  The 2013 budget for the operating and loan program expenses of state government allotted $764,600 for the normal operating costs of the governor's house.<ref>[https://omb.alaska.gov/ombfiles/14_budget/PDFs/Operating_Budget_Bill_HB0065Zrev.pdf ''Office of Management and Budget,'' Operating Budget Bill HB0065Z, accessed September 22, 2013]</ref>
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==Arizona==
 
==Arizona==
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:: See also: ''[[Governor of Arizona]]''
 
:: See also: ''[[Governor of Arizona]]''
  
Arizona does not currently have a Governor's residence. The previous one is now part of a museum.  
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Arizona does not currently have a Governor's residence. A mansion previously used to house the governor is now a historical museum.
  
 
==Arkansas==
 
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[[File:Outside the Gates of Governor's Mansion - Little Rock - Arkansas - USA.jpg|350px|thumb|Arkansas governor's mansion]]The Arkansas governor's residence was built in 1948. The building includes the historic home, Grand Hall, and a connecting atrium. Altogether the mansion covers 30,000 square feet, with the home itself taking up 9,000 square feet. The official state operating budget allots $309,000 for two years and maintenance costs are supplemented by money raised through rentals of the Grand Hall and catering. The "Governor's Mansion Association" hold fundraising activities to raise money for purchases for the mansion that cannot be bought with tax payer dollars. The organization has raised money for items such as new pieces of crystal, drapes, and furniture reupholstery. The residence hires nine full time employees, and 20 Arkansas State policeman who provide round the clock security for the residing governor, the family, and the residence and grounds.<ref name=ron>''[[User:MargaretK|Margaret Koenig]]'', "Email communication with Mansion Administrator Ron Maxwell" July, 2013</ref>
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Each year, the mansion averages about 160 special events such as dinners, luncheons, and receptions. Many events are state and government affairs but hall rental is also available to non-profit charitable groups and some government organizations and associations. No one may rent the hall for personal events such as weddings or birthdays.<ref name=ron/>
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Arkansas is one of thirteen states that allows inmates to work on the residence.<ref name=inmate/> They currently have thirteen prison trusties who work on maintenance for the outside grounds and inside custodial duties.<ref name=ron/> Their residence work program is only open to males.<ref name=inmate/>
  
 
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The main floor of the mansion is used for state occasions, is open to the public for tours, and may be rented for private events.
 
The main floor of the mansion is used for state occasions, is open to the public for tours, and may be rented for private events.
  
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:: See also: ''[[Governor of Connecticut]]''
 
:: See also: ''[[Governor of Connecticut]]''

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This page is about the formal residences of the Governors of the American states.

44 states provide some official home for the sitting Governor and the First Family.

Additionally, in some states the Governor is required to reside at the official home while in office.

Alabama

See also: Governor of Alabama
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Alabama Yes apx. 8,000 sq ft $142,954 4 1950


Alabama's 8,000 sq. ft. mansion, purchased from the heirs of General Robert Fulwood Ligon in 1950, is the second residence in the state's history. The first residence, the Moses Sabel house, used from 1911-1959, was sold to a private school and then ultimately demolished in 1963. It was located at the corner of South and Perry Streets in Montgomery, Alabama. The legislature allots $142,954 for the Mansion, but grants help cover additional costs for maintenance and repairs. The group "Friends of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion," was established to help raise private funds to restore and preserve the history of the home. They meet interior needs, but not maintenance issues. There is also a state agency called the "Governor’s Mansion Authority" made up of 17 individuals that decide how best to care for the home and its upkeep. This uses a combination of private and general funding. The amount of staff fluctuate with each family, but in 2013 the mansion had four full time employees. [1]

Alabama is one of the thirteen states that allows inmates to work on the residence. In Alabama in 2010, inmates on the work release program, which includes community custody inmates who work for free world wages in free world clothing, and minimum custody inmates who work in prison whites for government entities participate in a work program where males are responsible for ground work and painting while females contribute with cooking and cleaning.[2]

Alabama governor's mansion
Inside the governor's mansion
Inside the governor's mansion
The Moses Sabel house, the first Alabama Governor's Mansion

Alaska

See also: Governor of Alaska
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Alaska Yes 12,900 $764,600 Unknown 1912


Alaska's 2 1/2-story 12,900-square-foot mansion was completed in 1912 after the 1910 Congress authorized $40,000 for a residence for the governor to be built and furnished. The mansion is located at 716 Calhoun Street in Juneau, Alaska. The building was designed by John Knox Taylor, and was built under the direction of William N. Collier, an engineer with the Treasury Department. At the time, the treasurer department was responsible for overseeing all public buildings owned by the federal government. When the first governor to reside in the home, Walter Eli Clark and his family, moved in, the first floor included a reception hall, drawing room, library, dining room, office, kitchen, two pantries, and a conservatory. The second floor contained four large bedrooms, a sewing room and three bathrooms. The third floor was designed as servant's quarters and had a large room that was to have served as a territorial museum. The exterior of the building, which looks very similar to the building today, was completed in 1936. It was plaster covered wood, painted white. The first renovation was done in 1967-68 by Arthur Morgan Designers of Seattle. They redesigned the third floor into two guest suites and a bedroom. A second renovation, done in 1983, installed new heating, electrical, plumbing, and security systems, as well as restored the interior design of the first two floors to the original 1912 period and refinished the hardwood floors.[3] The most recent work has been a renovation of an exterior retaining wall, and removal of soil on the property that has been contaminated from lead paint. The project, started the summer of 2013, is expected to cost between $800,000 to $890,000 including the landscaping.[4] The 2013 budget for the operating and loan program expenses of state government allotted $764,600 for the normal operating costs of the governor's house.[5]

Alaska governor's mansion
Lights on Alaska governor's mansion
Northern corner of the mansion in 1991

Arizona

See also: Governor of Arizona

Arizona does not currently have a Governor's residence. A mansion previously used to house the governor is now a historical museum.

Arkansas

See also: Governor of Arkansas
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Arkansas Yes apx. 9,000 sq ft $154500 9 1948


Arkansas governor's mansion
The Arkansas governor's residence was built in 1948. The building includes the historic home, Grand Hall, and a connecting atrium. Altogether the mansion covers 30,000 square feet, with the home itself taking up 9,000 square feet. The official state operating budget allots $309,000 for two years and maintenance costs are supplemented by money raised through rentals of the Grand Hall and catering. The "Governor's Mansion Association" hold fundraising activities to raise money for purchases for the mansion that cannot be bought with tax payer dollars. The organization has raised money for items such as new pieces of crystal, drapes, and furniture reupholstery. The residence hires nine full time employees, and 20 Arkansas State policeman who provide round the clock security for the residing governor, the family, and the residence and grounds.[6]

Each year, the mansion averages about 160 special events such as dinners, luncheons, and receptions. Many events are state and government affairs but hall rental is also available to non-profit charitable groups and some government organizations and associations. No one may rent the hall for personal events such as weddings or birthdays.[6]

Arkansas is one of thirteen states that allows inmates to work on the residence.[2] They currently have thirteen prison trusties who work on maintenance for the outside grounds and inside custodial duties.[6] Their residence work program is only open to males.[2]

California

See also: Governor of California

California's former official Governor's residence is now a historical site.


Colorado

See also: Governor of Colorado
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Colorado No apx. 26,000 sq ft Unknown 1 full-time 1960


The western exposure of the Boettcher Mansion, residence of the Governor and First Family of Colorado.

Properly known as the Boettcher Mansion, the official gubernatorial residence is an early 20th century white marble home, built in the Roman Ionic style and located at East 8th Avenue and Logan Street on Capitol Hill in Denver.

The mansion passed through the ownership of many of Colorado's founding families, having been built by the Cheesemans between 1907-1908, upgraded by the Evans throughout the early 1920s, and finally coming to be owned by the Boettchers. It was offered to the state of Colorado as a gubernatorial residence in 1957, in accordance with the will of Edna Boettcher, and accepted on behalf of the state by Governor Stephen McNichols in 1959.

Many of the furnishings are original to the era when the mansion was a private residence. Of particular note is the Waterford chandelier in the main drawing room, which originally hung in the White House ballroom and was given to Colorado on the occasion of her statehood, in 1876, by President Chester A. Arthur.

The second floor is the private residence of the First Family of Colorado, if they so choose. The lack of both space and privacy has led to several recent governors maintaining their private homes instead. Governor Hickenlooper and Governor Owens both kept their own homes, through Governor Ritter moved into the mansion.

The main floor of the mansion is used for state occasions, is open to the public for tours, and may be rented for private events.

Connecticut

See also: Governor of Connecticut
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Connecticut Yes apx. 1500 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1943


Delaware

See also: Governor of Delaware
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Delaware yes apx. 3,584 sq ft $70,100 Unknown 1965


Florida

Florida
See also: Governor of Florida
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Florida Yes Unknown Unknown 10 1956


Georgia

Georgia
See also: Governor of Georgia
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Georgia Yes apx. 24000 sq ft $40,000 Unknown 1967


Hawaii

Hawaii
See also: Governor of Hawaii

The official residence is Washington Place, acquired by Hawaii in 1918. Prior to that, it was the home of Hawaii's last monarch Queen Lili‛uokalan.

Idaho

Idaho
See also: Governor of Idaho
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Idaho No apx. 7370 sq ft $120,739 Unknown 2004


Illinois

Illinois
See also: Governor of Illinois
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Illinois Yes apx. 50,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1855


Indiana

Indiana
See also: Governor of Indiana
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Indiana Yes apx. 10500 sq ft $114,575 Unknown 1973


Iowa

Iowa
See also: Governor of Iowa
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Iowa Yes apx. 18,000 sq ft $454,067 4 1972


Kansas

Kansas
See also: Governor of Kansas
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Kansas Unknown apx. 6,000 sq ft $115,000 Unknown 1955


Kentucky

Kentucky
See also: Governor of Kentucky
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Kentucky Yes apx. 18,428 sq ft Unknown 12-15 1914


Louisiana

Louisiana
See also: Governor of Louisiana
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Louisiana Unknown apx. 25,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1963


Maine

Maine
See also: Governor of Maine
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Maine Yes apx. 10,000 sq ft $537181 Unknown 1919


Maryland

Maryland
See also: Governor of Maryland
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
{{{State}}} Yes apx.30,800 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1870


Massachusetts

Massachusetts
See also: Governor of Massachusetts

There is no official residence for Massachusetts

Michigan

Michigan
See also: Governor of Michigan
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Michigan No apx. 8700 sq ft and 7100 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1969 and 1944


Michigan has two official residences.

Minnesota

Minnesota
See also: Governor of Minnesota
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Minnesota Yes apx. 16000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1965


Mississippi

Mississippi
See also: Governor of Mississippi
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Mississippi Unknown apx. 11,448 sq ft $547,455 Unknown 1842


Missouri

Missouri
See also: Governor of Missouri
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Missouri Yes apx. 4422 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1871


Montana

Montana
See also: Governor of Montana
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Montana apx. sq ft $


Nebraska

Nebraska
See also: Governor of Nebraska
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Nebraska Unknown apx. 15,341 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1957


Nevada

Nevada
See also: Governor of Nevada
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Nevada Unknown apx. 9,361 sq ft $339,679 2.64 1909


New Hampshire

New Hampshire
See also: Governor of New Hampshire
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
New Hampshire Unknown apx. 6,724 sq ft $64,731 Unknown 1969


New Jersey

New Jersey
See also: Governor of New Jersey
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
New Jersey No apx. 11,700 sq ft $95000 Unknown 1966


New Mexico

New Mexico
See also: Governor of New Mexico
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
New Mexico Yes apx. 7,949 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1954


New York

New York
See also: Governor of New York
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
New York Yes apx. 20,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1877


North Carolina

North Carolina
See also: Governor of North Carolina
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
North Carolina Yes apx. 30,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1891


North Dakota

North Dakota
See also: Governor of North Dakota
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
North Dakota Yes apx. 10,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1960


Ohio

Ohio
See also: Governor of Ohio
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Ohio Yes apx. 16,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1954


Oklahoma

Oklahoma
See also: Governor of Oklahoma
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Oklahoma Unknown apx. 14000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1928


Oregon

Oregon
See also: Governor of Oregon
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Oregon Yes apx. 9840 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1988


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
See also: Governor of Pennsylvania
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Pennsylvania Yes apx. 28,500 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1968


Rhode Island

Rhode Island
See also: Governor of Rhode Island

There is no official residence in Rhode Island


South Carolina

South Carolina
See also: Governor of South Carolina
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
South Carolina Yes apx. 16500 sq ft $126000 5 1868


South Dakota

South Dakota
See also: Governor of South Dakota
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
South Dakota Yes apx.14000 sq ft $38,000 2 2005


Tennessee

Tennessee
See also: Governor of Tennessee
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Tennessee Yes apx. 15,500 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1949


Texas

Texas
See also: Governor of Texas
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Texas Unknown apx. 9,900 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1856


Utah

Utah
See also: Governor of Utah
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Utah Unknown Unknown {{{Cost}}} Unknown 1937


Vermont

Vermont
See also: Governor of Vermont

Vermont has no official residence.

Virginia

Virginia
See also: Governor of Virginia
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Virginia Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown 1913


Washington

Washington
See also: Governor of Washington
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Washington Yes apx. 18000 sq ft $200,000 4 1908


West Virginia

West Virginia
See also: Governor of West Virginia
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
West Virginia Unknown apx. 21,000 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1925


Wisconsin

Wisconsin
See also: Governor of Wisconsin
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Wisconsin Yes apx.20777 sq ft Unknown Unknown 1949


Wyoming

Wyoming
See also: Governor of Wyoming
State Currently occupied Square footage Cost to maintain Staff required Year state acquired residence
Wyoming Yes apx. 7875 sq ft $733,031/ 2 years 4 1976


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