Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

Michigan Governor’s Residence

The Governor’s official residence in Lansing, MI has an impressive architectural pedigree, but it was in less than perfect condition when Governor Granholm and her family needed to move in, in January 2003.

Built in 1957 by famed architect Wallace Frost, this California ranch style home underwent extensive interior and exterior renovations that spanned two years. Funding for the renovations came in through the generosity of private donors and in-kind contributions, which were raised by the non-profit Governor’s Residence Foundation.

A determined effort was made in selecting building materials and furnishings that represented Michigan’s industries and suppliers. Artwork throughout the house was loaned by Michigan artists in an on-going artist rotation program.

The house has private living quarters for the first family as well as spaces for public functions. The house has two guest Powder rooms, a His and a Hers. The Hers, Governor Granholm renamed the “Power” room referencing the many photographs of nominees and inductees into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Robert Stempien, Architect & Barton Malow, Builder; Southfield, MI.
The Women’s “Power” Room was awarded Best Powder Room by the Detroit Home Design Awards.

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