FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – This month begins a yearlong celebration of the 100-year-old Governor's Mansion.
The centennial celebration will be lead by Kentucky's 61st governor, Steve Beshear, and first lady Jane Beshear.
Governor Augustus Willson, Kentucky's 36th governor, set in motion the building of a new home, though he was not in office when it was completed.
Governor James McCreary and his daughter would be the first occupants in 1914. McCreary's wife Kate died before his second term. He was also the last governor to ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The newly built carriage house was quickly torn down to make way for a more modern garage.
After the Capitol was complete in 1912, the General Assembly selected the low bid of approximately $75,000 from Frankfort Construction to build the Beaux Arts revival home as designed by Ft. Thomas architects C.C. and Edward Weber.
The old governor's mansion is still standing in downtown Frankfort.
Here are some interesting facts about the Governor's Mansion according to Kentucky.gov:
The centennial celebration continues all year with various events and tours can be scheduled throughout the year.
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