The Illinois Governor's Mansion has been home to Illinois governors and their families since 1855. It is the third oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansion in the United States and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Over the years, Illinois governors have hosted U.S. presidents, ambassadors, and most importantly, generations of Illinois residents at the People’s House.
The Mansion has just undergone a spectacular, privately funded 3-year renovation and reopens as the People’s House on July 14, 2018. More than a renewal of building and landscape, its purpose has been reimagined. It is now a place where visitors can glimpse Illinois history, witness its artistic side, and experience its long-heralded hospitality.
Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin described the $15 million project.
For the first time in years, passers-by can actually see the mansion, no longer hidden by a thicket of trees and shrubs. The Home’s stout brick exterior has been skillfully edited, losing ungainly features while gaining richly articulated details. The elegantly revamped interior transcends mere redecoration to tell significant stories about the state including its role in the Civil War and the World’s Columbian Exposition. And there is no more peeling plaster in the Lincoln Bedroom.
The Governor's Mansion is ADA accessible and is open for guided tours seven days a week from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Tours can be booked through the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau using their
online reservation form. Please review our updated
tour policies before your visit to the Governor's Mansion.
The Mansion serves as the official residence of the First Family, a working office for staff, a museum for visitors, and a venue for educational, professional, community, and civic events. It does not accommodate requests for personal or political use. If you are planning an event and would like to request space in the Governor's Mansion, please refer to our updated
event policies and use the
Event Request Form to submit your request.