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The Governor's Residence

External view of Governor's residenceThe North Dakota Governor's Residence is located at 1131 North 4th Street on the southwest corner of the North Dakota Capitol Grounds. The Residence can be seen on the corner of 4th Street and Boulevard Avenue in the State Capital of Bismarck.

The original North Dakota Governor's Mansion is located a few blocks south of the Capitol at 320 E. Avenue B. In the early 1950s when the original Mansion was requiring significant improvements it became apparent that building a new Residence would be more fiscally prudent.

In 1955 the North Dakota Legislature approved funds for a new Governor's Residence to be built on the north end of the Capitol Mall. It was later decided the southwest corner would be a better location. Construction on the new Residence began in 1959 by Ritterbush Brothers Architects and Engineers.

Living room of Governor's residenceCompleted in 1960, the home was first occupied by Governor John and First Lady Pauline Davis. Since then, it has served as the official residence for North Dakota Governors and their families. Governor Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple are the eighth family to call the Residence "home."

Former First Lady Jane Sinner formed a non-partisan, non-profit foundation called Friends of North Dakota Governor's Residence in 1987. The foundation's purpose is to raise the funds needed to offset the on-going costs of updating and maintaining the Residence. For more information, please contact the Friends at PO Box 2024, Bismarck ND 58502.

First Lady Betsy Dalrymple has been enhancing the outdoor beauty of the Governor's Residence by creating a new flower bed around the Residence's entry sign and adding to the existing landscaping. The Bismarck Garden Club and friends of the Governor's family have donated time and transplants from their own yards to make the outside of the Residence even more colorful.

Front entrance of the Governor's residenceA major renovation was completed in 2000 involving a complete remodeling of the state living and dining areas, the foyer and hallway, the guest bedroom and bathroom, and public bathrooms. The main entrance was reconstructed and now features stately, cherry wood doors and an inlaid marble "area rug". Paul's Woodworking from Minot restored the original dining area furnishings including a dining table which seats sixteen comfortably, china cabinet and side table.

Additional dining and living area accents include an ebony Steinway B Grand Piano and paintings by artists Andrew Hofmeister, Frosty Paris, and Sheila Reiman. Brad Bachmeier, David Badman, Alice Berning, Richard Bresnahan, Jon Offutt, and Randy Rick also have artwork displayed. In addition, the North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society has created a rotating display. Governor Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple are currently working with Friends of North Dakota Governor's Residence to acquire more pieces by North Dakota artists for display in the Residence.

Just off the main foyer on the north end of the house is the State guest bedroom. This room has been the resting-place for many famous political figures including NY Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. In addition, Lawrence Welk, Angie Dickinson, Harold Schafer and many other Rough Rider Award winners have also stayed here.

Foyer of the Governor's residenceThe Governor's family has four bedrooms available for their use: two on the main floor and two on the lower level. Remodeled in 1993, the master suite includes a connecting bath and private sitting area. The Residence also contains a private living/dining space for the Governor's family. The centrally located kitchen was remodeled in 1992 and serves both state and family needs.

The Dacotah Room on the lower level was completed in 1972 and refurbished in 1989. It is used as both a multi-purpose meeting room and as a family room for the Governor's family. The room's focal point is a fireplace of antique bronze Idaho stone, featuring a copper hood.

Enjoy the beauty, structure and history of the North Dakota Governor's Residence -- the place where the Governor's family, dignitaries and North Dakota citizens have been "at home" for decades.



Home to the Governor of North Dakota

Since its completion in 1960 the North Dakota Governor's Residence has been home to eight North Dakota Governors and their families:

  • John E. and Pauline Davis - 1957-1961
  • William L. and Jean Guy - 1961-1973
  • Arthur A. and Grace Link - 1973-1981
  • Allen I. and Barb Olson - 1981-1985
  • George A. and Jane Sinner - 1985-1992
  • Ed and Nancy Schafer - 1992-2000
  • John and Mikey Hoeven - 2000-2010
  • Jack and Betsy Dalrymple - 2010-

Dates reflect Governors' terms of office


600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0001
Phone: 701.328.2200 Fax: 701.328.2205