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The Texas Governor's Mansion is a historic home for the Governor of Texas in downtown Austin, Texasmarker. It was built in 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 heavily damaged by a fire believed to be arson.


The mansion is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Texas and fourth oldest governor's mansion in the United Statesmarker that has been continuously occupied by a chief executive. The mansion was the first-designated Texas historic landmark, in 1962. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and further was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1974.

Original Architecture

Designed by Abner Cook in a Greek Revival style, the building occupies the center of a block and is surrounded by trees and gardens. The original mansion was . Remodeling in 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.

2008 fire

The mansion was partially destroyed by a four-alarm fire in the early morning of June 8, 2008. Current Texas Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry were in Europe at the time of the fire. They had moved out in October 2007 for a $10 million remodeling project that began in January 2008 to refurbish and restore the mansion to its original appearance. The remodeling was to include a fire suppression system. "State Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado said Sunday that investigators have evidence that an arsonist targeted the 152-year-old building. They have made no arrests, and don’t have a suspect. An official close to the investigation said agents determined the fire was a criminal act after reviewing footage from security cameras."


In May 2009, $22 million was allocated to the restoration the Governor's Mansion, $11 million of which came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An additional $3.4 million has been raised through private fund raising.


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