PIERRE, S.D. – First Lady Linda Daugaard announced today that she and Gov. Dennis Daugaard are opening the Governor’s Mansion to the public for tours this summer.
“The Governor’s Mansion belongs to the people of South Dakota,” said Mrs. Daugaard. “Dennis and I are honored to stay in such a beautiful home, and we want every South Dakotan to enjoy it.”
Completed in the summer of 2005, the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion was constructed by relying entirely on private donations. The 14,000-square-foot home, situated on the east shore of Capitol Lake, includes living quarters for the Governor’s family and additional space for hosting official functions. It replaced the previous governor’s residence, which was built in 1937 and was moved to clear space for the new home.
Weekly public tours of the Governor’s Mansion will be conducted each Wednesday in June, July, and August. The 30-minute tours, for groups up to 30 people, will begin at 10 a.m. CDT, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and will be conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady.
Anyone interested in arranging a tour should contact the Pierre Chamber of Commerce at (605) 224-7361.