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A. The house was originally built for Horace Hills Irvine, a St. Paul lumberman and lawyer, for his family's home.
A. The first building permit for the building was issued in 1910 and construction was completed in 1912.
A. A total of $57,000: $7,000 for the land and $50,000 for the original structures.
A. In 1965, Clotilde Irvine Moles and Olivia Irvine Dodge, the youngest Irvine daughters, donated the house and property to the State of Minnesota. Horace Hills Irvine died in 1947 and Mrs. Irvine remained at the Residence until her death in 1964.
A. Yes. Governor Walz currently lives in the home full time with the First Lady Gwen Walz and their two children, Hope and Gus.
A. A total of 28 children: The four Irvine children and 24 First Family children.
A. There are five staff members: the residence manager, the assistant manager, the chef, the housekeeper and the groundskeeper.
A. The property is exactly 1 acre.
A. Slightly over 16,000 square feet today. The original house was 14,706 square feet, but the Irvines enjoyed the Solarium so much that they doubled its size in 1922.
A. The building contains seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
A. There are nine fireplaces in the building, six of which are still functional.