Richmond - The Executive Mansion
Friday April 28, 2017
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Boxwood, James River and Three Chopt Garden Clubs and The Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton
The Virginia Executive Mansion is the oldest governor’s mansion in the United States built and still used as a home to the Commonwealth’s governors. Completed in 1813, the mansion offers a classic example of Federal-style architecture: a simple two-story brick façade with frontal symmetry and a door surmounted by a semicircular window or fanlight. A major renovation in 1906 by Virginia architect Duncan Lee opened up the two rear rooms to create a large reception area and added an oval dining room just beyond.
In the 1950s, First Lady Anne Bassett Stanley employed noted landscape architect Charles Gillette to design and install a formal garden suitable for entertaining on the south side of the mansion. This restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia was funded with proceeds from Historic Garden Week tours. First lady Dorothy McAuliffe recently dedicated a garden outside the old slave quarters and kitchen to the families of former slaves working at the mansion. The Garden Club of Virginia worked collaboratively on this project. Raised beds located in back, a chicken coop and the mansion’s greenhouse will also be available for touring.