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Governors Mansion Historic District, Little Rock
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The Arkansas Governor's Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Arkansas and Arkansas' First Family. The mansion is located at 1800 Center Street in Little Rock, and is included in the Governor's Mansion Historic District, a district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Until 1950, the State of Arkansas did not have an official residence for its governor.In 1947, Act 257 of the Arkansas General Assembly established a Governor's Mansion Commission with an appropriation of $100,000.00. The site was the former location of the Arkansas School for the Blind, which had moved to new quarters near the city's Pulaski Heights neighborhood. The architects were Frank J. Ginocchio, Jr. and Edwin B. Cromwell.The architectural style of the mansion is Georgian Revival, colonial type. The main material of the exterior is brick. Construction began in December 1947 (incorporating 300,000 bricks from the original School for the Blind structures), and the Governor's Residence became operational officially on January 10, 1950. The first Governor to reside here was Sidney S. McMath, who moved in on February 3, 1950. Significant additions to the mansion were completed during the administration of Michael Huckabee.From 1986-1991, stock footage of the mansion was used for the television program Designing Women to represent the Atlanta home of character Suzanne Sugarbaker, played by Delta Burke. In 2008, footage of the mansion was also used for the television program 30 Rock to represent the home of a character played by Steve Martin.
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  • We only drove by the mansion as tours were not available at the time of our stay. However, the neighborhood that surrounds the Mansion is worth driving by. 
  • We would have loved to have a tour of the Governor's Mansion while in Little Rock, but both times I called (well in advance) I was told that there was nothing scheduled. It didn't seem to me like they...  more »
  • Everything you would expect to stumble upon and more. The gardens are grand and the architecture and stories behind the history are intriguing. The staff is very friendly and always kind. The teas are...  more »
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  • Federal Colonial style Executive Resident bear the State Seal over welcoming doors. The ground is spacious with bust of once Governor then President and Future First Man.
  • A great neighborhood. Lots of fun places within walking distance
  • Beautiful gardens and welcoming attitude from everyone we encountered. Southern graciousness at its best.
  • I am just getting my mail from the P. O.
  • If you want a short quick little stop its an OK place to go, we just usually stop at every capital building and governors mansion if we're in the capital city.