Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mansions of America's Governors

What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions?
More than one ex-governor's house has enjoyed a second career as a wedding and events venue. A handful of them have been converted to bed and breakfast guest houses. And a whole lot of them simply continue to serve as residences for future, less gubernatorial families.
Among the aforementioned governor's homes for sale, provided by and, discover one governor's summer getaway by the beach, and another mansion that that was built as a WPA project and housed some 17 governors.

Check out these Governor's mansions across the nation:
110 Clarke Rd., Narragansett, RI
Year Built: 1936
Price: $1,400,000
Beds/Baths: 4/ 3.5
Governor's mansion in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
This renovated beach home on Clarke Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island is the former summer home of John O. Pastore when he was the governor (He later became Senator). Outdoor features include mature trees, outbuildings, a stone wall, stone fire pit, a pool, and a skating pond, and half a mile down the road, the beach.
Rapid City, South Dakota
Year Built: 1936
Price: off market
Square Footage: 7,194
Beds/Baths: 6 / 4.5
Governor's mansion in Rapid City, South Dakota.
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This restored mansion, now situated on nearly 15 acres with a pond, is South Dakota's Old Governor's Mansion and was originally built as a WPA project. Before being moved to its current Rapid City location, where it served as an event center, it was the home to 17 South Dakota governors.
1801 N. Spruce St., Little Rock, AR
Year Built: 1927
Price: $798,000
Square Footage: 3,717
Beds / Baths: 4 / 4
Governor's mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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This Tudor-style home at 1801 North Spruce Street in Little Rock, features hardwood floors throughout, a sunroom, a flagstone patio, and a large game room with a wet bar. It was Governor Harvey Parnell's home while he held office between 1928 and 1933.
711 W. James St., Columbus, WI
Year Built: 1854
Price: $499,900
Square Footage: 4,035
Beds / Baths: 5 / 2 full, 2 partial
Governor's mansion in Columbus, Wisconsin.
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This Nationally Registered Italianate brick mansion on West James Street near downtownColumbus is renovated but retains lots of original cabinetry and features like the fireplace, spiral staircase, and maple wood flooring as well as an original stone barn. It was built for the ninth Governor of Wisconsin, James T. Lewis.
267 Route 117 Jericho, VT
Year Built: 1797
Price: $795,000
Square Footage: 6135
Beds/Baths: 5/6
Governor's mansion in Jericho, Vermont.
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This brick Georgian home situated on 83 acres at 267 Route 117 Jericho, Vermont was built for Martin Chittenden, the eighth governor of Vermont. The governor legacy doesn't stop there, though; Martin was the son of the first governor of Vermont, Thomas Chittenden.

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