West Virginia State Capitol Complex Walking Tour

West Virginia Governor's Mansion

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)

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The West Virginia Governor's Mansion symbolizes the state's distinguished past and present. The Georgian Revival mansion, completed in 1925 at a cost $200,000, was designed by Walter Martens, a Charleston architect who designed several other buildings on Charleston's East End.


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In 1893, when Governor A.B. Fleming was leaving office, he requested that the Legislature appropriate funds to purchase a state-owned Governor's Mansion. As a result, $22,000 was provided for Governor John MacCorkle to buy and furnish a residence. His choice was a huge frame dwelling situated across from the old State Capitol on Capitol Street in Charleston. After the Capitol burned in 1921, the Legislature passed a sales tax to provide revenues for the construction of a new Capitol. This also included an appropriation of $100,000 for a new Governor's Mansion. Designed by Walter Martens, a Charleston architect, he was selected by Governor Ephraim Morgan because of his reputation. Governor Morgan and his wife moved into the new Mansion in 1925. When completed, the mansion was reported to cost about $200,000.

This home symbolizes West Virginia's distinguished past and present. The Georgian Revival-style home has welcomed national and global dignitaries, ambassadors, public officials and corporate leaders in an effort to encourage business, education, and culture, all of which are essential to the future of West Virginia. The Governor's Mansion is far more than a stunning home, it is a reflection of the people of West Virginia. Schools, senior groups, churches, families, and tour organizations are welcomed daily with true West Virginia hospitality.

1716 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25305

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Tour time is decided upon the approval of a tour request. Maximum of 50 guests per visit, parties of over 50 will result in consecutive tour times. Adults must show photo ID. Bags are subject to search. Mansion tours may be cancelled at any time.


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