Don't miss out on a visit to the Old Governor's Mansion!
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You are invited to Louisiana's White House!
The Old Governor's Mansion, built under the governorship of the famous (and infamous) Huey P. Long in 1930, served as the official residence to nine Louisiana governors and their families between 1930 and 1962. It is now a historic house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stop by for a tour of Louisiana's White House and hear fascinating stories of Huey P. Long and some of Louisiana's other colorful governors!
Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.
The Mansion is closed on major holidays.
Seniors (62 or over) $9
Students (K-12) $8
Children under 5 Free
FHL or NTHP Members Free
Group tours are available by reservation. Please call our Director of Education at (225) 387-2464, ext. 4. Special rates apply for group tours.
Directions to the Old Governor's Mansion
The Old Governor's Mansion is Located at 502 North Boulevard in the historic Beauregard Town neighborhood of downtown Baton Rouge.
Coming from the North or East: Take I-10 W to I-110 S. Exit at LA-73/Government St toward River Center/Downtown (left-side exit 1A off I-110 S). Turn right onto Government Street. Turn right onto St. Charles Street. Turn right onto North Blvd.
Coming from the South or West: Take I-10 E to I-110 N. Exit at Convention Street toward Downtown (left-side exit 1B off I-10 E/I-110 N). Turn left from Convention Street onto 6th Street.
Parking is available in front of the Old Governor's Mansion on North Blvd. between St. Charles/5th Street and Royal Street/6th Street.
Additional visitor parking (no buses) is available in the circular drive in front of the Old Governor's Mansion.
Motorcoach parking available on North Boulevard in front of Mansion.
The Mansion is handicapped accessible.
For questions, please contact the Museum Curator and Director of Education at 225.387.2464, ext. 4.
ABOUT THE OLD GOVERNOR’S MANSION
HISTORY OF LOUISIANA'S OLD GOVERNOR'S MANSION
The Louisiana Old Governor’s Mansion was built in 1929-1930 under the governorship of Huey P. Long, its first resident. Building the Old Governor’s Mansion cost almost $150,000, plus an additional $22,000 (a princely sum during the Great Depression years) for the finest damask and velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers, hand printed French wallpaper, and other fine appointments.
The Old Governor’s Mansion served as a residence to nine governors until 1962, when a new mansion was constructed just east of the New State Capitol building. In 1964, the Old Governor’s Mansion became the home of the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum (then, Louisiana Arts & Science Center) and served as the headquarters for the Museum until 1976.
In 1978, the Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion underwent restoration from 1996-1998, and opened as a historic house museum in 1999.
Today, the Old Governor’s Mansion serves as a historic house museum about the lives of the nine governors who lived here, as the headquarters for the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, and as a venue for special events.
LOUISIANA'S WHITE HOUSE
The Louisiana Old Governor’s Mansion is reported to be inspired by the White House as it was originally designed by Thomas Jefferson. It is said that Long wanted to be familiar with the White House in Washington when he became president, so he had the White House duplicated in Baton Rouge.
Many of the features of Louisiana’s Old Governor's Mansion are reminiscent of those in the ornate White House in Washington, D. C.: Both structures have a portico supported by four smooth columns; both have similar entrance rooms, east rooms, west wings for office spaces, and state dining rooms on their first floors; both have oval rooms on their second floors, as well as east wing guest bedrooms; there is a stairway with a beautiful, large curving marble staircase with a fancy wrought iron banister; and the floor of the stair hall is black-and-white checked marble).
THE GOVERNOR'S WHO LIVED HERE
The Old Governor’s Mansion served as a residence to nine governors between the years of 1930 (its completion) and 1962 (the completion of the new governor’s mansion).
In 1963, Governor Jimmy Davis moved into the present governor’s mansion near the State Capitol, ending the Old Governor’s Mansion’s 32 years as the official residence of Louisiana’s top executive.
The governors who lived in the Old Governor’s Mansion and their terms of office are:
Huey Pierce Long 1928-32
Alvin Olin King 1932
Oscar Kelly Allen 1932-36
James Albert Noe 1936
Richard Webster Leche 1936-39
Earl Kemp Long 1939-40; 1948-52; 1956-60
Sam Houston Jones 1940-44
James Houston Davis 1944-48; 1960-64
Robert Floyd Kennon 1952-56