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Next on my tour of must see buildings of North Carolina is the North Carolina Executive Mansion. Also called the Governor`s Mansion, this has been the home of all of North Carolina`s Governors since the 1890s. Located right in the middle of the State Capital of Raleigh, it is the largest government built residence in the entire state. It has a total of 15 rooms including 7 bedrooms (one is currently being renovated after structural problems were noticed), a grand kitchen, a ball room, a grand dinning hall, a library, 2 parlors, and several other rooms. The mansion is not open to the public year round but only during the spring and summer touring seasons and around Christmas so people can see one of the largest Christmas Trees around this time in the entire country. Given that North Carolina has the most Christmas tree farms in the entire country some of the best and biggest Christmas trees ever displayed have been inside this mansion. Most the mansion is original although 2 major renovations during 1973 and 1988 have changed the appearance of it somewhat, but most of the changes were necessary to update the mansion`s heating/cooling, electrical, and fireproofing along with expending the kitchen. And even though it`s only open during Spring and Summer to the public many walking tours go right by the mansion itself year round so there`s still opportunity to take picture of the outside. Overall this is a very historical house of the state and most importantly of Raleigh, so it`s a must see if you ever visit the state capital.