4.2
7 votes

Governor's Mansion Arkansas

1800 Center Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72206 USA

“Where Bill Clinton used to call home”

For more than 60 years, the Arkansas Governor's Mansion has been the focal point of the First Family's public events, including state dinners, luncheons, and other celebrations. Eleven of Arkansas's 45 Governors have lived in the Mansion with their families and pets, and the rooms and grounds of this home hold the memories of their rich history. Each heirloom, painting, and architectural feature adds a sentence to that story. In 1944, the Arkansas Federation of Women's Clubs, led by its president, Mrs. Agnes Bass Shinn of Harrison, began a campaign to remedy this deficiency. The first effort to obtain legislative funding for a Governor's residence, attempted in 1945, was a failure. Success came two years later, when Act 257 of 1947 created a Governor's Mansion Commission with an appropriation of $100,000. The Commission selected the old Blind School property as the site, and in December 1947, Governor Ben T. Laney laid the cornerstone of the new structure. Bricks from the old buildings were salvaged and used in the construction of the Mansion; a total of more than 300,000 bricks were required to complete the project.Construction lasted approximately two years, and was supplemented by another $97,000, authorized by Act 401 of 1949. Many individuals played key roles in the planning, construction, and completion of the building, including: Clyde E. Lowry, Chairman of the Governor's Mansion Commission; Frank J. Ginocchio Jr. and Edwin B. Cromwell, architects; Barney Ellis, contractor; and William R. Heerwagen, interior decorator.

Read More >
Add Review
Thanks!
Your Rating
1
2
3
4
5

Reviewed by
DanielleBehar

  • Road Warrior
  • 43 Reviews
  • 38 Helpful
July 27, 2015

Important note: You have to call ahead of time if you want a tour. Map takes you to a dead end street behind the mansion.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Barb

  • 14 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 06, 2017
Rated 4.0

Self-guided tour of the main floor and upstairs. A lot of memorabilia from over the years, I enjoyed the gowns from all the First Ladies of Arkansas. The ones from the late 1800 and early 1900s are beautiful. The mansion is very beautiful inside and out. The upstairs floors are very creaky which is scary if you are not used to sounds of older buildings.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Governor's Mansion Arkansas.

Governor's Mansion Arkansas

1800 Center Street
North Little Rock, Arkansas
72206 USA

Hours not available

Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.

Own this business?

Claim your business to keep your
listing's information up to date.

Claim

Nearby Hotels

Little Rock, Arkansas
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Little Rock, Arkansas
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Little Rock, Arkansas
FastBook
$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Little Rock, Arkansas
FastBook
$$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

71425