Salt Lake City

Council District 3

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The Historic Governor’s Mansion

Located on 603 East South Temple, The Governor’s Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of Utah and family. It was built in 1902 by the prominent mining magnate, U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns and was designed by notable Utah architect Carl M. Neuhausen, who also designed the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City.

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 serve 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.

On December 15, 1993, a fire, caused by faulty wiring on the Christmas tree in the main hall, destroyed much of the mansion. Governor Leavitt was not at home at the time, but Mrs. Leavitt and her staff were quick to notify the Salt Lake City Fire Department, and their response 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.

The $7.8 million restoration brought 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.

It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as, and is also known as, the Thomas Kearns Mansion and Carriage House. For more information visit the Utah State website.

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