State Entrance Hall

State Entrance Hall

When the mansion was under construction between 1955 and 1957, the designer selected to furnish the home was James Cogar, America’s leading expert in colonial interiors and the first curator of Colonial Williamsburg.

Mr. Cogar chose furniture, fabrics and draperies which were reminiscent of Early American interior design, reflecting the formality of a distinctive, traditional, colonial residence. In a letter dated June 18, 1956 he explained his vision:
“My overall plan for the Governor’s Mansion would be to have it a dignified interior, painted in a harmonious color scheme, furnished in good taste with pieces of character, and although an official residence, give to it the feeling that is a gracious home of quiet beauty that would please but not overpower those that were entertained there.”