The Friends of the Residence is a nonpartisan 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1986 that strives to create public awareness of the historic and civic importance of the North Dakota Governor’s Residence. We support the ongoing work of maintaining and preserving the Governor’s Residence through a variety of fundraising efforts. We seek to raise additional funds to maintain and enhance the evolving footprint of the Residence.
A vision began in 1920. In 2020--one hundred years later--we are dedicated to making this vision a reality for the state of North Dakota.
The North Dakota Governor’s Residence was envisioned with the theme of "Prairie Meets the Edge of Western Clay" and as such was built in the Prairie School Style. The home hugs the ground with large overhangs, both for durability and as a welcoming feature into the Governor’s Hall.
The front doors from the former residence have been repurposed as interior doors in the public area of the Governor’s Hall.
In the Governor's Hall, limestone paneling ties the Residence in with the other buildings on the Capitol Grounds, all of which also feature limestone. The detailing in the Governor’s Hall was installed to match the detailing in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall. The Hebron Brick used around the residence is meant to showcase the native North Dakota materials on the grounds.
The home was built to balance the need for public space for guests and visitors with the need for privacy for the first families. The design made considerations for a house that could accommodate a family with young children, families with disabilities, families with older children and empty-nesters. It is truly the people’s home.
The Residence is a home in progress; it is not yet complete. As with most houses, additional work and maintenance over time are necessary. The Friends of the Residence is raising funds for projects that may include things such as added security features, landscape enhancements, and additional interior items. This work will ensure this is a place for all North Dakotans to call home for generations to come.