Florida Governor's Mansion
700 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida
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The Florida Governor's Mansion (also called The People's House of Florida) is a historic U.S. residence in Tallahassee, Florida and the official residence of the Governor of Florida.
The building has 30 rooms and 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of living space on 1.5 acres of land.
From 1845 (the year Florida was admitted to the Union) to the beginning of the 20th century, governors of the state usually lived in hotels or boardinghouses. In 1905, the state legislature appropriated $25,000 to construct an official residence for the governor, and the home was finished in 1907. The house served fifteen governors and their families until 1955, when it was determined that a new mansion would need to be built due to a lack of enough space in the house and various structural issues.
A new home was needed for the governor. The first governor to live in the new mansion was LeRoy Collins, in the spring of 1957. Collins and his wife were actively involved in the new house's construction. In 1979, First Lady Adele Graham, the wife of Bob Graham, began organizing tours for the mansion.
The mansion now includes a greenhouse and the Manatee Sculpture Garden, and is next to a private park.
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