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State Reception Room

State Reception Room

This room is the largest and most versatile room in the Governor’s Mansion. Here guests gather for informal or formal remarks given by the governor and first lady during receptions and dinner parties. The room underwent a dramatic change in 2006 when the windows on the west wall were transformed by the addition of the Florida Library. Two cased doorways now open into the library, making it the second addition to the residence since 1957. The first addition was the Florida Room, added to the north wall of the room in 1985.

The seating in this room is anchored by two pair of antique Queen Anne wing chairs. The original design created by James Cogar in 1957 has changed little over the years, including the striped fabric selection on the two Federal-style settees in the center of the room.

Grand Piano

Grand Piano

The Steinway & Sons Grand Piano in the State Reception Room is a prized addition to our mansion. Acquired during the term of Governor Jeb Bush in May 2003, the piano was a gift to honor the first lady's advocacy efforts on behalf of outstanding Florida students of the arts. The gift coincided with Steinway's 150th anniversary as an American manufacturer of some of the world's finest musical instruments.