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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Join the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation for an evening in the historic, recently renovated Old Governor's Mansion.

Please join us for a fundraiser benefiting the Madison Trust so that we may continue promoting and supporting Madison’s historic places, neighborhoods and cultural history. We are very fortunate to be holding this event in the Old Governor’s Mansion, now the Governor’s Mansion Inn & Café, at 130 E. Gilman St., which was home to 17 Wisconsin governors from 1885 to 1950. This historic property was also declared a Madison Landmark in 1972.

Enjoy an array of delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages while you mingle with guests, listen to music and learn more about the history of the gorgeous property.

For those who want to dive into its fascinating history, we will be offering tickets for two private tours of the property with our knowledgeable docents. For those not participating in the tours, we will have docents at the event to answer any questions you might have about its history.


Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Location: Governor’s Mansion Inn, 130 E. Gilman St., Madison (map)

Private Tours Tickets: 5:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT) and 5:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Soiree Tickets: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: MTHP Members $50, Non-Members $70

Parking: We have free parking available in the Verex Plaza parking lot, which is across the street just down from the Governor’s Mansion Inn (click right image to enlarge).

For additional parking, you can find street parking and a public parking lot behind Gates of Heaven (map).

Photo Gallery

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Photos courtesy of the Governor’s Mansion Inn & the Madison Trust

Old Governor’s Mansion

This Italianate-style sandstone house at 130 E. Gilman St., was built circa 1855 for Madison businessman (and later Civil War General) Julius T. White. The house had several prominent owners before being bought in 1883 by Wisconsin’s 15th Governor, Jeremiah Rusk. Rusk in turn sold the house to the State of Wisconsin for use as the governor’s residence and it served this role until 1950 when Oscar Rennebohm became the first governor to occupy the current Executive Residence in Maple Bluff. That year the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents bought the East Gilman Street house and renamed it the Knapp House. Through 2012, it was home to a Kohler Foundation fellowship program. Today it welcomes guests as the Governor’s Mansion Inn.






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