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Executive Mansion


Executive Mansion


410 East Jackson Street
Springfield, IL

Present owner: State of Illinois 

The work of one of Illinois’ most important early architects, John M . Van Osdel (1811-1891), Illinois’ Executive Mansion was first occupied by Governor Joel A.Matteson in 1855. The three story, brick Italianate structure has been the site of many important social events, including receptions for seven U. S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln was a welcome visitor during the administration of Governor William Bissell. The Mansion is the only governor’s residence which Illinois has built specifically to house the first family.