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Governor's Mansion, Carson City

Government Building · Historic Site
The Nevada Governor's Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Nevada and the Governor's family. Reno architect George A. Ferris designed this Classical Revival (Neoclassical) style mansion. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The Governor's Mansion of the State of Nevada was built between 1908 and 1909. Until that time, Nevada's governors and their families found lodging where they could in or near Carson City, the capital. State Assembly Bill 10, the "Mansion Bill," was passed in 1907 to secure a permanent site and residence for a Governor's Mansion. Mrs. T.B. Rickey sold the land where the mansion now stands to the State of Nevada for $10, and George A. Ferris, a Reno architect, designed the mansion with Classical Revival features and Georgian and Jeffersonian motifs, and a construction bid was awarded for $22,700. Acting Governor Denver S. Dickerson and his family were the first residents when they occupied the mansion in July 1909. The building was first opened to the public during an open house on New Year's Day, 1910. The governor's daughter, June Dickerson, was born in the mansion on September 2, 1909, and is the only child yet born in the mansion.
The mansion was at the center of a legal dispute resulting from the divorce case of Governor Jim Gibbons and his now-former wife, Dawn. Several months before filing a divorce petition in May 2008, the Governor moved out of the mansion, returning to the couple's private residence in Reno. Upon filing for divorce, he filed a petition seeking his wife's eviction from the mansion, citing state law which requires that the Governor maintain his or her home and office in the state capital. Mrs. Gibbons challenged that petition, citing a desire to continue fulfilling her duties as First Lady and instead offering to live in the mansion's guest house, which would allow her husband to live separately in the main house. Furthermore, her attorney also cited state law which allows divorcing couples to divide equally anything of value enjoyed by both parties until the divorce is finalized. After their divorce, Governor Gibbons moved back into the mansion, and Dawn Gibbons relocated to an apartment in Las Vegas.
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  • The Governor’s Mansion is oddly set in a residential neighborhood with typical middle class houses nearby. It seemed way too fancy to be among these much more humble abodes. I am reading reviews...  more »
  • Really pretty to stop by and take pictures. Great stop when cruising around town. A must see when in Carson City.  more »
  • A very nice tour and a lot of things to learn. The mansion is beautiful! I also rented the hall for a fashion show my salon put on for s non profit organization. The staff at the mansion were very...  more »
  • Love the Halloween spirit and goodies plus the added Highway Patrol, crash test dummies and others who support this annual event!
  • The Governor's Mansion is absolutely stunning. It is open to the public only one day out of the year and that's on Nevada Day! The tour is free and is given by people dressed in period clothing. You get to see all the rooms and learn about the history. I loved the silver place settings with the Nevada shaped napkins. The silverware even had little "N"s on them! They also do an amazing job of decorating the outside of the mansion during the holidays.
  • We took a stroll in this beautiful, peaceful neighborhood and enjoyed the distinctive architectural details of this remarkable Mansion. The Governor personally hands out treats on Halloween. Also, the Nevada Room is available for use by nonprofit organizations, charitable community groups and schools.
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