The nine-bedroom, eight-bathroom2 house on Summit Ave. in St. Paul was donated to the state by Mrs. A. M. Dodge and Mrs. E. J. Moles, Jr., the daughters of the late lumber baron Horace Hills Irvine3, the original owner of the home. In 1966, “the Rolvaags become the first gubernatorial family to live in the residence.”5
The mansion was named to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 16, 1974.
1St. Paul Pioneer Press; “Rolvaag Signs Bill for Governor’s Home”; May 25, 1965; p. 13
3St. 2Paul Pioneer Press; “Governor’s Mansion ‘Tops’”; May 26, 1965; p. 8