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Welcome to the Governor's Residence

Welcome to our virtual tour of 1006 Summit Avenue, the Minnesota Governor's Residence. Get started by reading the introduction below, and use the links at the bottom of the page or in the left navigation to continue your tour room by room. 

The Estate

In memory of their parents, the two youngest daughters of Horace Hills Irvine, Clotilde Irvine Moles and Olivia Irvine Dodge donated the family house to the State of Minnesota on August 31, 1965. As the State had never had an official Governor’s Residence, the house was given specifically for that purpose, and was formally called the “State Ceremonial Building.” As Senator Gordon Rosenmeier described, the house was intended as a place where the governor could have a little “dignity, pomp if you will,” which are “important to the proper function of government.” Previously, formal hosting by Governors had occurred at the Governor’s Reception Room in the State Capitol, in hotels, and in the private homes of governors.

The Residence is the official home for the First Family and a state ceremonial building. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in December of 1974 and on St. Paul’s Historic Sites Register in July of 1978. In 1980, the State Legislature established the Governor’s Residence Council (GRC) which is responsible for the renovation and maintenance of the Governor’s Residence.

The Governor’s Residence serves two important functions for the State: it houses the governor and first family, and it hosts ceremonial functions for the state. The Governor’s Residence hosted its first public open house on July 4, 1973, and approximately 11,000 people walked through the doors.

Front Hall

The front hall sets the stage for what is seen throughout the Residence.

Living Room

The Living Room is the most formal room in the Residence.

Sun Room

The sun room brings in natural light and offers a view of the beautifully landscaped gardens.

Dining Room

Hosting dinner and impressing visitors is a central part of this ceremonial home.

Kitchen

The kitchen is not included on public tours of the Residence.

Library

Across eras, the use of this room has shifted between private space and ceremonial use.

Hallway

In this hallway area, many alterations have been made for practical use.

Lower Level

The lower level includes the foyer, family room, conference room, and tunnel to the carriage house.

Carriage House

Over the years, the Carriage House has been a space for horses, buggies and cars. 

Terrace & Gardens

Like the interior spaces of the Residence, the gardens and landscaping have undergone many changes over time. 

Residence Artwork

Most of the artwork throughout the Governor's Residence changes with each administration.