Mrs. Palmer has been credited with designing Flowerhill, however, the Palmers never lived there. Dr. Palmer died before the house was finished being constructed. The furnishings were left to be chosen by Mrs. Carmichael, as she would be the first first-lady to live in the home. The first official function held at Flowerhill took place on May 22, 1926. The house required only minor repairs up until 1977, when the university's eleventh president was set to move in. The renovation, which lasted to the following year, included new wiring and plumbing, as well as walls and furnishings being either replaced or restored. Flowerhill is once again the marvelous beauty it was upon its initial construction.