ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The place where Minnesota governors rest their heads is approaching a big birthday.

The Summit Avenue executive mansion turns 100 next year. The council that helps to maintain the building has already started talks about how to mark the anniversary.

Lumberman Horace Hills Irvine commissioned the English Tudor mansion, which was completed in 1912 at a cost of $50,000. The Irvine family donated the building to the state in 1965 and now has an assessed value of just shy of $3 million.

Planners expect to start the centennial celebration this fall.

Gov. Mark Dayton has yet to move into the residence, but plans to sometime this month.

Officials have used the time between occupants to polish floors, touch up rooms and do other maintenance.

  1. Allie says:

    Considering Governor Dayton’s approach to his capitol office (moving himself essentially into a closet instead of the traditional office), what will our “minimalist governor” do at the governors mansion?

    Certainly he will not destroy it for the future, but will he, for example, use the spare space to house and feed homeless people over night, or perhaps help the state save money moving workers out of rental buildings into the state owned building, or perhaps set up a charter school and help teach the kids in his spare time.

    This could be very interesting.

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