The Texas Governor's Mansion
, also known simply as Governor's Mansion
is a historic home for the Governor of Texas
in downtown Austin, Texas
. It was built during 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 damaged badly by an arson fire started with a Molotov cocktail
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, during 1962. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
as "Governor's Mansion" during 1970, and further was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark
Built by Abner Cook
in a Greek Revival
style and completed during 1856, the building occupies the center of a block and is surrounded by trees and gardens. The original mansion was . Remodeling during 1914 increased the size of the mansion to . The original mansion had 11 rooms but no bathrooms. The remodeling brought the room count to 25 rooms and 7 bathrooms.
The mansion was partially destroyed by a four-alarm fire during the early morning of June 8, 2008. Current Texas Governor Rick......