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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.



"Early Days: The Beginning of the Governors' Residence" 

Our current exhibit, “Early Days:  Beginning of the Governors’ Residence” came to us under quite serendipitous circumstances.  While moving into her new office, a Residence staff member discovered a box containing “small pictures” dated early 1969.  This amazing find was identified as some of the original photographic slides taken of the interior of the then recently completed Governors’ Residence.   


Current technology allowed us to copy the images so that we may display them for visitors of the Residence to enjoy.  While the rooms represented in the pictorial are easily identified, the austerity of the original style is striking.  It is well documented that the budget was so tightly stretched by the completion of the structure that it left little to no funds to furnish the Residence.  Looking back, this has been a gift because it has allowed every First Lady from Mrs. Shafer to Mrs. Wolf to add their personal touches that turns a house into a home. 


Visitors to the Residence are able to enjoy this glimpse into the earliest days of the Governors' Residence until November 2018. 

"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 in Residence indefinitely.