Admire the Mansard slate roof from the street, then stroll across the expanse of green lawn and up the stairs through pink granite columns into the Missouri Governor's Mansion. Once inside, you can snap shots of beautifully painted 17-foot ceilings, portraits of Missouri's First Ladies, and numerous fireplaces. Especially worthy of admiration is the mansion's grand stairway, a free-standing staircase with a glossy hand-carved black walnut banister curving around it.
Built in less than eight months, this three-story brick mansion was designed in the Second Empire style by St Louis architect, George Ingham Barnett and built using a workforce comprised mainly of prisoners from the state penitentiary located nearby.
Half-hour tours are available year round. Reservations aren't required for small groups, but they are recommended.