Governor's Mansions That Are Sitting (Nearly) Empty
New York State Executive Mansion
Location: Albany, N.Y.
The governor's mansion in New York has housed 31 of the state's executives, including Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt. Theodore added a gymnasium to the residence during his stay, and Franklin put in a swimming pool.
The executive mansion's last full-time tenant was former Gov. Mario Cuomo (1983-1994). All succeeding governors have chosen to maintain residences elsewhere, including the state's current governor -- and Mario's son -- Andrew Cuomo. Andrew keeps a home in Westchester County, but stays at the official residence part-time.
Colorado Governor's Residence
Current Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is only the second governor to turn down living at the state's executive mansion. Former Gov. Bill Owens (1998-2006) moved out after living there for two years, saying the place lacked privacy and was "like living in a fishbowl."
Hickenlooper maintains his own 3,400-square-foot home with his wife a few miles away from the Governor's Residence.
Indiana Governor's Residence
Though the Indiana Governor's Residence had been put through a $1.2 million renovation, Gov. Mitch Daniels uncovered a report showing that the home needed another $2.6 million in repairs. Daniels promised not to use taxpayer money for the fixes but said he wouldn't live in the home until the repairs were made. The solution? He decided to build his own home in Carmel, Ind., and live there.
It's not the first time a governor's mansion went unoccupied in Indiana. No one ever lived in the state's second executive residence, which was built in 1827. By the 1870s, it was demolished.
New Jersey's Drumthwacket
Location: Princeton, N.J.
The New Jersey governor's mansion, known as Drumthwacket, has been little more than a reception hall for Gov. Chris Christie. He'll host Sunday dinners and staff parties at the home, but he lives full-time in his own residence 50 miles away. The two governors prior to Christie only lived there part-time.
Bridges House in New Hampshire
Location: Concord, N.H.
Gov. John Lynch decided not to move into the New Hampshire governor's mansion, known as Bridges House, recognizing that the home needed several upgrades to become more conducive to meetings and official business. Security and climate control, meeting rooms, a larger kitchen to support big groups, and handicapped access were among the biggest needs of the house.
Once the home is renovated and restored, it will be used as an extension of the governor's office, as well as a place to hold community events.
Michigan Governor's Mansion
Location: Lansing, Mich.
Gov. Rick Snyder is the first Michigan governor not to live in the Michigan Governor's Mansion since it was donated to the state in 1969. Snyder, instead, maintains his home in Ann Arbor and commutes to Lansing for work. Snyder said he didn't want to move to the mansion in Lansing because it would disrupt his daughter's schooling. Oh, and also, his own home is bigger: 10,600 square feet.
Ohio Governor's Mansion
Location: Bexley, Ohio
Gov. John R. Kasich wanted to stay close to his twin 10-year-old daughters' school, so he decided not to move his family into Ohio's Governor's Residence. He's the second governor not to live in the home, donated to the state in 1957. Former Gov. James A. Rhodes stayed in his own home during his second two terms in office (1975-83). Critics pointed out that the cost to maintain the home in 2011 was $438,720.
Correction: This slide previously pictured the wrong mansion.