Arizona Territorial Governor's Mansion


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This photo shows the southwest side of the Arizona Territorial Governor's Mansion sometime after 1900 as the kitchen building and stable are no longer part of the building

The Governor’s Mansion is the oldest building associated with the Arizona Territory still standing on its original location. Built as a log cabin in 1864, it was the center of Arizona’s territorial government from 1864-1867.

In 1900, ownership was transferred to Laura Dougherty, Joseph’s spouse, as the funds used to purchase the property were hers before her marriage. 1901-1910. Joseph Dougherty modernizes the mansion as a duplex. He lives in the south half and rents out the north half. The improvements include clapboard siding on the outside and sheathing on the inside, as well as new flooring, windows and doors and porches.

In 1917 the State of Arizona purchases the building for $7,000. The city agrees to maintain it in perpetuity. From 1917 to 1927 various plans are suggested for use of the Mansion, including a city park, museum and a veteran’s organization. The Mansion deteriorates.

Source: Sharlot Hall Museum Archives



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