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Old Governor's Mansion receives Excellence Award

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POSTED: February 26, 2007
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Old Governor's Mansion receives Excellence Award

With its massive entrance columns, green window shutters and white picket fence, the Old Governor's Mansion is a defining member of the Milledgeville community. Originally constructed in 1839, the Mansion has a vast and varied history that has been honored in its recent restoration. Having fallen into disrepair, the structure was historically restored and is the recipient of the 2005 Best of the Best Award from the International Association of Interior Designers.

Presented annually, this award recognizes excellence in historical restorations.

Begun in 2001 and completed in 2005, the restoration was meant to bring the mansion back to it's 1850's appearance. In recognition of the wonderful work done to restore the building, the Old Governor's Mansion has been acknowledged for its excellence by the International Association of Interior Designers

In reaction to the award, Jim Turner, Director of the Mansion and GCSU Instructor of History, Geography and Philosophy, said, "I was astonished when I received notification of this award. To be recognized by the International Interior Design Association is truly outstanding. In the historic house museum setting historically accurate visuals are key, and the IIDA has singled us out for this achievement. This international award is truly an honor for the Mansion and GCSU."

Led by design firm Lord, Aeck and Sargent and backed by the community, the restoration was needed to counter the disintegration process that had started to destroy a classic piece of Milledgeville and American history. Applauded as one of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in the country, The Old Governor's Mansion was the home to eight of Georgia's governors from 1839 to 1868. It was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1971. Since 1889 the Mansion has been a part of Georgia College & State University. It was last renovated in 1964.The Mansion re-opened in February 2005 following a $9 million restoration.

Funded through the Georgia General Assembly and a grant from the Woodruff Foundation, the mansion has undergone three years of painstaking work, which has restored the original layout, colorations, lighting, and appearance of the building. The structure also received new mechanical and electrical systems, and a new roof.

The Old Governor's Mansion is a part of Extended University at Georgia College & State University, a unit of the university’s Academic Affairs Division. Regular Mansion tours are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tours begin on the hour. Regular adult admission is $10 per person; pre-booked adult tours are $7 per person; senior tours are $6 per person; students are $2 per person; and children under age 6 are free.

For more information, call the Old Governor's Mansion at (478) 445-4545. Or visit

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For more information, contact Ben Holcombe in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.