We are so grateful for all our members and trustees

who work hard to keep the

Governor’s Mansion history and furnishings preserved

for the citizens of our state to enjoy.


Peace, hope and joy to you in 2021!

(signed) Governor’s Mansion Foundation

PS – We are very hopeful that 2021 will bring back the Annual Holiday Event

and monthly tours once again.

Until then – check out our website for updates when tours will restart.

Due to the Covid pandemic, the Holiday tours of the Mansion are cancelled for this year. Here is a look back to when the Inslee’s celebrated their first Christmas Holiday in the Mansion in 2013.

With the Covid-19 Pandemic making it impossible for visitors to get inside the Mansion we have decided to bring the Mansion to you. Here are a few pieces of our art collection.

Continuing to showcase a piece of art in the Governor’s Mansion

Currently on display in the Governor’s Mansion gallery is “Wenatchee Apples,” a lovely Washington state scene painted in the Contemporary Impressionist style. The painter is E.L. Pierce Milholland (1935 – 2005). After earning a degree from the University of Washington, he worked as an architect in Seattle. His passion for art eventually led him to become a full-time artist, specializing in the Northwest’s landscapes and people. His philosophy about his work was: “Art is the probing of ideas and solutions based on light, color, composition, subject matter, and surprise. I am always growing. I am not satisfied with sameness.” The painting was a gift to the mansion from the artist.

About the Foundation

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit and non-partisan organization founded in 1972 to furnish and maintain the public areas of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion. With dedicated volunteers and generous donations, the Foundation is able to maintain the elegant furnishings, artwork and historic heirlooms in the Mansion.

The Washington State Governor’s Mansion is part of the Washington State Capitol Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

From Our President

Welcome to the website of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation! Founded in 1972, the GMF is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization that owns and maintains the furnishings and artwork in the nine public rooms of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion. We are proud of our state’s beautiful, historically significant Mansion and we would love to share it with you.

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 — our tours, along with other Mansion events, have been postponed ensuring safety to those who live and work in the Mansion. We plan for this to be a temporary occurrence – so stay tuned. We will let you know via this website when we can open the Mansion for tours and events. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the Governor’s Mansion, the Foundation, tours, upcoming events and how to join us as a member, please visit the links found above.

Best regards –

Dawna Donohue
President, Governor’s Mansion Foundation
2020 – 2022