The Old Governor's Mansion#5 in Best Things To Do in Baton Rouge
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Between 1930 and 1962, this Georgian mansion served as the official residence to nine Louisiana governors and their families. Though the historical record is disputed, some believe that Governor Huey Long wanted the residence built to resemble the White House so that when he became president he would be familiar with the White House (unfortunately, the governor's mansion was the closest Long got to the White House). Indeed, the mansion does have a similar look in part thanks to four large, 30-foot Corinthian columns that support an intricately carved pediment. You'll see more similarities between the two structures during a tour of the interior. Highlights include a curving marble staircase, black-and-white checked marble floors, west wing offices and east wing guest bedrooms.
Past visitors called the mansion a "must-see" while in Baton Rouge. Along with the impressive architecture and design, reviewers were also complimentary of the entertaining information guides provided about the Louisiana governors that occupied the home.
The mansion is located in downtown Baton Rouge and is accessible via the free Capitol Park Trolley Service. The only way to view the property is on a guided tour. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and are free for children 4 and younger. Discounts are available for seniors. For more information, visit the official website.
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#1 Louisiana's Old State Capitol
A National Historic Landmark, Louisiana's Old State Capitol is not your average capitol building. Designed in a Gothic Revival architecture style and constructed between 1847 and 1852, the exterior of the building looks like a medieval fortress. Created by architect James Harrison Dakin, the building is accented with towers, stained-glass windows and cast-iron – a design aesthetic that Dakin referred to as "Castellated Gothic." Though it's no longer used for official government business (lawmakers started using the new state capitol beginning in 1932), it's open to the public and houses a number of exhibits, including a multimedia presentation about the ghost of Sarah Morgan, a Civil War-era figure who kept diaries of her experiences throughout the war.
Past visitors called the building a "must-see" while in Baton Rouge. Reviewers were particularly impressed by the stained-glass windows and spiral staircase.
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