Texas Governor's Mansion: A Timeline

As Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry prepare to move back into the Governor’s Mansion years after an arsonist nearly destroyed it, take a look back at the building’s 156-year history — from its more mischievous residents to its modern day appliances.





1854: A Suitable Residence


Abner Cook, a self-taught Texas architect and general contractor responsible for the design of several historic and notable buildings in Texas.

The Legislature appropriates $14,500 for construction of a "suitable residence" for the governor. The contract is awarded to Austin master builder Abner Cook ...

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