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Governor's Residence
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The entrance to the Governor's Residence in 2010.
General information
Architectural style Georgian
Location 2035 North Front Street,
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
 United States
Coordinates 40°16′39″N 76°53′55″W / 40.27750°N 76.89861°W / 40.27750; -76.89861
Construction started December 1966
Completed December 1968
Inaugurated February 1969
Cost US$2 million
Client Governor of Pennsylvania
Owner Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Design and construction
Architect George M. Ewing
Pennsylvania Historical Marker
Official name: Governor's Residence

The Pennsylvania Governor's Residence is the official residence of the governor of Pennsylvania, in the Uptown neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The neo-Georgian residence was built from 1966 to 1968 and designed by George M. Ewing, heading an architectural firm in Philadelphia. The mansion is currently only used for official functions and meetings, because Governor Tom Wolf commutes from his private residence in nearby Mount Wolf.

The seven-bay brick front has a wide projecting pedimented central bay, in which a Palladian window perches on a pedimented doorway. The mansion is home to two Steinway grand pianos used for concerts and to entertain dinner guests. Every holiday season the house is opened for special tours.

The mansion is located adjacent to the Susquehanna River and flooding has proven to be a significant hazard. Water intrusion in the basement area is a frequent issue and the mansion has been evacuated three times since its construction due to serious inundation. The first and most serious time was during Hurricane Agnes in 1972; then-Governor Milton Shapp and his wife Muriel evacuated for the weekend and returned by boat to inspect the flooded damage in a common photograph at the time. The most recent was 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.

In 2021, following years of planning, a $1.9 million renovation began on the courtyard to restore more greenspace, amenities, and accessibility.

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