The Utah Governor’s Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Utah and their family. It is located at 603 E. South Temple St., Salt Lake City, Utah.
History of the Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City
The Mansion was built in 1902 by United States Senator and mining mogul Thomas Kearns; it was designed by notable Utah architect Carl M. Neuhausen, who also designed the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City. The elegant home was built using the finest materials by the finest craftsmen available, resulting in a quality and style similar to that of Eastern mansions like those of the Vanderbilts and Carnegies.
The Governor’s Mansion served as a place for Senator Kearns to conduct official business. It was also used as a venue for entertainment where guests would dance and enjoy the music of live orchestras. During this period, many political and religious notables were guests in the Kearns mansion, including President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also a friend of Senator Kearns.
In February 1937, Jennie Judge Kearns donated the Kearns Mansion to the State of Utah after the passing of Senator Kearns. The mansion was donated with the condition that it serves as the Governor’s Residence. For the next twenty years, the governors of Utah used the mansion as their primary residence. From 1957 to 1977, the Utah Historical Society occupied the mansion as a library, museum, and office space. In 1977, Governor Scott Matheson proposed that the mansion be restored as a governor’s residence and, after an extensive renovation, the mansion became a residence once again in 1980.
Fire Damages to the Historic Governor’s Mansion
On December 15, 1993, a fire, caused by bad wiring on the Christmas tree in the main hall of the Governor’s Mansion, destroyed much of the mansion. The Salt Lake City Fire Department rushed to the building and kept the mansion from suffering more significant damage. A long and painstaking restoration was begun to restore the mansion to its original state and salvage as much of the historical interior as possible. $7.8 million was spent to bring the home back to its original 1902 style, while providing many current safety standards, such as a fire sprinkler system, new wiring and plumbing, new heating and cooling, a security system, and seismic upgrades.
Reasons to Visit Utah Governor mansion
Visitors get to witness the architectural stairwell, which is one the focal points in the Utah Governor’s Mansion. The paintings inside the mansion are very exquisite, Victorian colors on the walls of the Utah Governor’s Mansion are one of the most striking aspects on the building. The Mansion has many historic photographs from early 1900s events, printed in black and white as well. Not only is this historic Mansion rich with history and remarkable design, but also it’s located in a corner that is full with history. Right across the street is the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, which is the Masonic headquarters for Utah, and is Salt Lake City’s best example of Egyptian Revival Architecture. It was completed in 1927. Another marvelous historical Mansion is the Emanuel Kahn House a half block away from the Governor’s Mansion, in 678 E. South Temple St. in Salt Lake City, Utah. The house was built in 1889. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It is significant for its association with Emanuel Kahn, an immigrant from Germany, who was one of the first Jewish merchants in Utah. And it is significant as an outstanding Queen Anne style house.
The Thomas Kearns Mansion and Carriage House, which is now known as the Governor’s house, it is a marvelous site scene for Utah full with historical factors.