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astro
10-18-2006, 03:30 PM
Just curious. Is there any American state without a Governor's Mansion?

yabob
10-18-2006, 03:43 PM
Idaho is in the process of funding one. An article on that, dated 2005, mentions:
Idaho is one of six states without a governorís mansion. It has not had one since the former executive residence was sold in 1990 after it fell into disrepair and past governors refused to live in it.
Unfortunately, that doesn't tell us what the other five are.

http://www.commercialalert.org/news/archive/2005/12/idaho-offers-naming-rights-to-donors-for-governors-mansion

yabob
10-18-2006, 04:01 PM
Apparently, Arizona is one of them.

yabob
10-18-2006, 04:05 PM
And Massachusetts. Somebody else can dig up the rest.

ShibbOleth
10-18-2006, 04:15 PM
The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, which is in the panhandle, otherwise known as "the Redneck Riviera". We don't have a Governor's Mansion so much as a Governor's Double Wide.

:: ducks & runs from the Tallahassee Doper fallout ::

fiddlesticks
10-18-2006, 05:03 PM
The list of states without a governor's mansion is probably shorter. California is one notable state currently without one. The house that used to be the governor's mansion in Sacramento is now a State Historical Park. Ronald Reagan was the last person to occupy it. While he was governor, a new mansion was built Carmichael outside of Sacramento, but Reagan's successor Jerry Brown refused to live in it, and sold the place before he left office. Since then, the governors have had to find their own living arrangements. Arnold lives in a hotel suite when he's in town.

Bearflag70
10-18-2006, 05:16 PM
The list of states without a governor's mansion is probably shorter. California is one notable state currently without one. The house that used to be the governor's mansion in Sacramento is now a State Historical Park. Ronald Reagan was the last person to occupy it. While he was governor, a new mansion was built Carmichael outside of Sacramento, but Reagan's successor Jerry Brown refused to live in it, and sold the place before he left office. Since then, the governors have had to find their own living arrangements. Arnold lives in a hotel suite when he's in town.

There have been half-baked plans to build a new one, the most recent of which called for building one in the city of West Sacramento, just over the Sacramento River from Discovery Park in Sacramento. My understanding is that state lawmakers are reluctand to spend a bunch of money on a new Governors mansion when the Governor has managed to get by without one for years.

Others have suggested using the recently restored Stanford Mansion in downtown Sacramento, former home of Leland Stanford, the former Governor of railroad and Stanford University fame. However, the mansion is now surrounded by tall buildings, posing a substantial security risk.

Billdo
10-18-2006, 05:16 PM
In fact, in 2000 the Governor of Arkansas and his family moved into a triple-wide (http://archives.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/07/19/governor.triplewide.ap/) while the regular Governor's mansion was being renovated. He and the first lady responded gracefully to the inevitable media interest and jokes (http://www.stateline.org/live/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=136&languageId=1&contentId=14103) that followed.

bouv
10-18-2006, 05:17 PM
Vermont doesn't have one either.

the PC apeman
10-18-2006, 05:33 PM
West Virginia has a Governor's Mansion (http://www.wvgov.org/firstlady/mansion.cfm) though doesn't really come across as big or grand enough to live up to the mansion title. It is in a nice location adjoining (and just to the West of) our capitol building and grounds (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.336302,-81.612516&q=38.336302,-81.612516&spn=0.015,0.025&t=h). Almost interestingly, our current Governor is named Manchin.

alphaboi867
10-18-2006, 05:35 PM
...However, the mansion is now surrounded by tall buildings, posing a substantial security risk.

More so than a public hotel? :dubious:

David Simmons
10-18-2006, 05:54 PM
The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, which is in the panhandle, otherwise known as "the Redneck Riviera". We don't have a Governor's Mansion so much as a Governor's Double Wide.

:: ducks & runs from the Tallahassee Doper fallout ::California almost didn't have one. It was a square, two story house that looked just awful It didn't have central air conditioning and in the summer weather of Sacramento that's brutal. So they bought a whole bunch of window AC's that hung out all over the place.

I think a better one has since been built.

Ronald Reagan refused to live in it and I'm all for him in that.

dalej42
10-18-2006, 05:59 PM
The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, which is in the panhandle, otherwise known as "the Redneck Riviera". We don't have a Governor's Mansion so much as a Governor's Double Wide.

:: ducks & runs from the Tallahassee Doper fallout ::

I'm guessing that was a joke (http://www.floridagovernorsmansion.com/)

Bearflag70
10-18-2006, 06:13 PM
More so than a public hotel? :dubious:

I don't know how Arnold goes in and out the the hotel. I can only assume he comes in the back door or via underground tunnel from the capitol. Further, my understanding is that he occupies an entire floor pretty high up, so it would be difficult for evildoers to rain harm on him from above.

SmackFu
10-18-2006, 06:20 PM
West Virginia has a Governor's Mansion (http://www.wvgov.org/firstlady/mansion.cfm) though doesn't really come across as big or grand enough to live up to the mansion title. That looks exactly like one of the frat houses at Rutgers.

KCB615
10-18-2006, 07:07 PM
Rhode Island also lacks a governor's mansion.

633squadron
10-18-2006, 07:40 PM
Rhode Island also lacks a governor's mansion.

Not true! Rhode Island has a very nice governor's mansion in an eastern suburb of Providence called Seekonk.

Which is in Massachusetts.


just kidding!

Bearflag70
10-18-2006, 07:42 PM
More so than a public hotel? :dubious:

I can explain what I heard. If you go to Google Maps on Hybrid mode, look up Sacramento, CA. Go downtown. Zoom in at the corner of 12th & L Streets. The Capitol is immediately to the south. Look at the northeast corner of 12th & L. There, you will see an "L" shaped building with a greenish roof. That is the Hyatt where Arnold stays. There are no tall buildings towering over that hotel.

Now, go to the southeast corner of 8th & N Streets. There is the Stanford Mansion. See that huge building casting a shadow in the back yard? That's the problem.

Dewey Finn
10-18-2006, 07:49 PM
Just curious. Is there any American state without a Governor's Mansion?
According to this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_residence#U.S._states_and_territories) list from Wikipedia, it seems that most states do not have a governor's mansion.

brianjedi
10-18-2006, 07:53 PM
According to this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_residence#U.S._states_and_territories) list from Wikipedia, it seems that most states do not have a governor's mansion.

That list isn't even close to accurate, as this thread shows.

For one, it's missing Ketnucky's Governor's Mansion, which I know exists (I've seen it.)

yabob
10-18-2006, 08:10 PM
That list isn't even close to accurate, as this thread shows.

For one, it's missing Ketnucky's Governor's Mansion, which I know exists (I've seen it.)
Or PA, or MT, or ... then again, that's not supposed to be a comprehensive list in the first place. It's just a list of the wiki articles in a given category, and there are plenty of governor's mansions nobody's seen fit to write an article on.

Dewey Finn
10-18-2006, 08:14 PM
Well, there's another Wikipedia list just of governors' mansions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Governors%27_mansions_in_the_United_States), although it's also missing the one for Kentucky (http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/).

yabob
10-18-2006, 08:24 PM
Well, there's another Wikipedia list just of governors' mansions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Governors%27_mansions_in_the_United_States), although it's also missing the one for Kentucky (http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/).
That's also just a list of the ones they happen to have articles on - it's titled "Pages in category \"Governors' mansions in the United States\"". Click on the "Template:US Governor Mansions" and you'll get a list of all 50 states, most of which are like the Kentucky link, leading to a page which says "Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact title.". You might also note that the Massachusetts link leads to an article explaining why Massachusetts does not have a governor's mansion, so don't take the link as meaning that it has one.

jayjay
10-18-2006, 08:27 PM
Pennsylvania definitely does (http://www.dgs.state.pa.us/GovRes/site/default.asp?firstladyNav=%7C). Very nice, too.

yabob
10-18-2006, 08:39 PM
As does Montana, but it just does not look like a "Governor's Mansion":

http://www.lifelikecharm.com/montana_governors_mansion.jpg

It was built in 1959 to replace the old one, which has been renovated and opened for tours:

http://www.lifelikecharm.com/old_governors_mansion.jpg

meow meow
10-18-2006, 08:58 PM
That looks exactly like one of the frat houses at Rutgers.

Ha! Have you been to Rutgers lately? That looks more like a Princeton eating club. Rutgers was falling apart when I left.

Trenton is the capitol of NJ. However, The Governors Mansion is in Lawrenceville, one town away but really a WORLD away.

meow meow
10-18-2006, 09:19 PM
Ha! Have you been to Rutgers lately? That looks more like a Princeton eating club. Rutgers was falling apart when I left.

Trenton is the capitol of NJ. However, The Governors Mansion is in Lawrenceville, one town away but really a WORLD away.

I see that I am wrong....It's in....Princeton? Where I live? I still think it's LAWRENCE, though, not Lawrenceville.

http://www.drumthwacket.org/

Also, Corzine lied about property taxes. I wonder what that costs.

urban1a
10-18-2006, 09:37 PM
Colorado has a Governor's Mansion (http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2817171-colorado_governor_s_mansion_denver-i). In addition, Denver has a Mayor's Mansion (Residence) (http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/rm_resources_organizations/article/0,1797,HGTV_3784_2397045,00.html) although he doesn't live there.

Bob