Skip Navigation LinksResidence > The Residence > Art Collection


The Governor’s Residence is home to an exquisite collection of historic art dating from the late 18th century. Visitors touring the State and Public Rooms will view paintings by great artists such as Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Charles Peale Polk, and Gilbert Stuart, to mention just a few. Many of these remarkable pieces are on loan from world-class institutions, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the American Kennel Club, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.


"Leroy Irvis, the Man"
Beautifully displayed in the state rooms of the Residence is an extensive collection of works by the late Leroy Irvis.  Irvis was the former Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives with the distinction of being the first African American State Speaker in the United States. According to Kathryn Irvis, her husband spent almost every evening in his basement studio creating wood sculptures, abstract paintings, miniature carvings and works in other media as a respite from the world of politics. We are honored to be the current steward of such an exceptional presentation of Speaker Irvis's talents.
This exhibit was cultivated by Nancy Mendes whose credits include commissions by the State Museum, the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the City of Harrisburg as a freelance professional exhibit designer. "Leroy Irvis, the Man", will be in residence until the end of June 2017.
"Pennsylvania's Governors' Residences from the 17th to the 21st Century"
This photographic exhibit features official and unofficial homes of Pennsylvania's governors throughout the Commonwealth's history.  The narrative begins in Harrisburg's first decade as the state capitol, through the current era and concludes with domiciles of Pennsylvania governors that have become landmarks in their own right.
This project was developed by David Morrison and Jeb Stuart of the Historic Harrisburg Association at the suggestion of First Lady Frances Wolf and is based on a lecture of the same name given by Morrison for the association.  This fascinating anthology is in the Residence's South Hall and will remain until the end of June 2017.