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Governor's Residence, Saint Paul

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Minnesota Governor's Residence serves as the official home of the governor of Minnesota. The house, located at 1006 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, is on of land. The building is slightly more than in size.
The house was designed by Minneapolis architect William Channing Whitney for Saint Paul lumber businessman Horace Hills Irvine and his family. The 20 room English Tudor house has nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and nine fireplaces. The Irvine family lived in the home from 1912 until 1965, when the Irvines' youngest daughters, Clotilde Irvine Moles and Olivia Irvine Dodge, donated it to the people of Minnesota to serve as the official residence of the First Family.
The Minnesota Legislature in 1965 passed a law accepting the donation and designating the house as the State Ceremonial Building for official public use for state ceremonial functions and as a governor's residence. The law placed the house and its management under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Administration. From 1965 until 1980, governors were permitted to propose changes to the house. The Legislature provided renovation funds and the Department of Administration supervised the improvements. From 1965 to 1967, a committee assisted with furnishing the house, but the governor retained the authority to make changes.
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  • The "Governor's Mansion" is open one day a week (check web) at Christmas. Different businesses have decorated each room. this year it was a 1965 theme. Funny to see the Christmases of my youth on.....  more »
  • It's a house, happens to be on a beautiful street, overlooking the downtown of St Paul, but it's a house, a little larger than most others, that's it...............  more »
  • The Minnesota Governor's mansion was the site of a 20-day occupation in demanding justice through the brutal death of black Saint Paul resident Philando Castile at the hands of the police in the summer of 2016. The occupation was set up as a peoples' call to the wealth and power structure, represented by the Governor's mansion on wealthy and white Summit Ave, to dismantle systemic racism enacted by police and state forces on the bodies of people of color through police brutality and ubiquitous police shootings especially of unarmed black men. The Justice Occupation for Philando at the Governor's Mansion was peaceful protest/ liberation movement largely led by local youth of color until its violent shut-down by police and state trooper forces. In shutting down the occupation and committing a series of unwarranted seizures of property and violent and unlawful arrests of peaceful protesters, the block of Summit avenue of the Governor's Mansion was essentially declared a zone where the first amendment and fourth amendment of the US constitution do not apply. The Governor's Mansion occupation occurred 8 months after the 4th Precinct Occupation in North Minneapolis in response to the shooting of Jamar Clark by police in fall/winter of 2015.
  • It was nice, neat and well kept. Peep the pictures.

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