Georgia’s governor’s mansion is a 30-room, Greek Revival-style dwelling on practically 20 acres in Atlanta.
New York’s Executive Mansion is an imposing 1856-era brick dwelling in Albany.
And California’s governor’s mansion is a white Victorian in downtown Sacramento.
In all, 45 states present properties for their governors. Count Arizona within the minority, together with Idaho, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Arizona’s cause is seemingly fairly easy: Most governors already lived within the Phoenix space.
“One of the theories, though it’s really just a theory, is that almost every one of the governors was from Phoenix, so it wasn’t necessary,” Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian, mentioned.
In many states, the capital metropolis is not the biggest metropolis, or there are a number of massive metros throughout the state, so the necessity for a centralized dwelling for the governor is extra apparent.
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A governor from Tucson wanted a dwelling
The lack of a designated home for a governor did convey some awkward moments, and a short-term governor’s mansion, when Raul Castro, who was from Tucson, took office in 1975.
“When he took office, he was living in a motel complex, which wasn’t befitting for a governor who had to entertain,” Trimble mentioned. Castro hosted a global delegation out of his lodge quickly after taking office.
After listening to about Castro dwelling in a lodge, Tom Chauncey, who owned TV and radio stations within the Valley, supplied to donate a home he owned within the Clearwater Hills neighborhood of Paradise Valley for Castro and his spouse to reside in, Trimble mentioned.
The Castros solely lived in the home for two years, as a result of Raul grew to become U.S. ambassador to Argentina in 1977. His successor, Wesley Bolin, was solely in office for about six months earlier than he died and by no means moved into the home.
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The home wasn’t match for youngsters
When Bruce Babbitt took office, he and his spouse, Hattie, had babies, and Hattie determined the house, which is on a cliff, was not appropriate for little youngsters, Trimble mentioned. The Babbitts already had a home in Phoenix, so once more the mansion went unused.
Evan Mecham solely served as governor for a year and three months earlier than being impeached and faraway from office and didn’t have the possibility to maneuver into the mansion. Rose Mofford, who grew to become governor after Mecham, had her personal home in Phoenix.
“She didn’t need it, so it was just sitting there,” Trimble mentioned.
Instead of leaving the home vacant, Chauncey bought the property and donated the proceeds to create scholarships for Arizona universities.
“That house was no longer the governor’s mansion, and we never had a governor’s mansion again,” Trimble mentioned.
There was a governor’s mansion earlier than statehood
Before statehood, Arizona did have a governor’s mansion within the territorial capital of Prescott. The constructing, which is now the Sharlot Hall Museum, was completed in 1864, and the primary territorial governor, John Goodwin, lived there.
The dwelling grew to become a rental property in 1895 however was bought by the state in 1917. The constructing was opened as a museum in 1928, then known as the Gubernatorial Mansion Museum. It was renamed in honor of Sharlot Hall, who repurposed the constructing to carry her collections of historic artifacts, after her demise in 1943, in accordance with the museum.
Arizona’s first governor after statehood, George W.P. Hunt, lived in a mansion close to what’s now sixteenth Street and McDowell Road.
The dwelling was a personal residence and was demolished within the Fifties after it was bought to a developer. The web site has since been vacant, however a developer is planning an condominium advanced and repurposing a retail constructing on the positioning as a restaurant.
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