Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Utah Governor's Mansion

Summer is slipping by so quickly and yes, I'll admit it, it's been awhile since my last post! Most of you know that my Mom was visiting this summer and all too quickly the time came and went. It's been so hard for me to get back at my computer! Do you ever feel that way...when company leaves you still feel like you are on vacation?! That's how this summer is turning out for me. (*_*)

One of the places that Mom and I visited while she was here was the gorgeous mansion where the Governor of Utah lives. This mansion was built in 1902 by Thomas Kearns who struck it rich with his silver mining company. It is one of the largest governor's mansions in the United States and is located directly above the downtown district in an area called "The Avenues". No expense was spared and the inside is an absolute wonder of wood, marble and of course, silver! It has been used as the Governor's Mansion since 1937. In 1993 a fire casued by a faulty Christmas tree electrical cord ripped through the mansion. It took three years to restore it to its former glory.

Unfortunately, due to security reasons, we were unable to take photographs inside. You may have been lucky enough to view the interior in a past issue of Architectural Digest a few years back. The outside of the mansion is incredible as you can see. The relative softness of the Sanpete oolitic limestone permitted detailed carvings of intricate classical designs to be created for the exterior. Fabulous swags, gargoyles, neptunes and other designs can be seen around the entire exterior and there is also a separate stable behind the mansion complete with intricate carvings and a horses head in the center.

The Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman, has just stepped down from his position to accept a calling from the President to be the United States Ambassador to China. The new Governor has only been in office for a few days now and promises to be a wonderful Governor to the State of Utah. I hope you enjoy the pictures and can get a feel for this amazing historic building! ~Stacy~


Jodie LeJeune said...

First things first...Yay! You are back girlie! You were SO missed!
I'm so glad you enjoyed your summer with your Mom!!!! Time must have flew with the two of you having so much fun!
This mansion is gorgeous!!! I can only wonder what the inside looked like! And that chandelier peeking through the window...gah!!!!
So much history...can you imagine living there??? I wish your state much happiness with your governor, lots of blessings upon ya'll!
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The Attic said...

Ohhhh,..what I would give to take a tour of that place! A friend of mine owns a Thai restaurant around the corner from our shop. I just got home from having dinner there with my partners tonight. She was mentioning that the Huntsman family eat there all the time when they come to their condo in Coronado..small world, isn't it?

Tutti Chic said...

Aghhhh! How gorgeous stacy!! I love it in all it's white glory! xo chris

Anonymous said...

All I can say about the Gov. Mansion is ...WOW!! So Beautiful & Yesteryear....
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icandy... said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

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