The State Dining Room has been used consistently for official state dinners since the Governor’s Mansion was built. Just as other rooms reflected the pioneer spirit of Texas in the early days, so did the dining room. In 1856, the furnishings were sparse and simple.
Governors have discussed the most critical state issues with officials and dignitaries as well as with their own families in this room. They have also celebrated holidays with their families – a tradition that continues today.
The State Dining Room is decorated in rich blues and reds to complement the Tabriz rug, circa 1925-1930. A rare set of 12 Federal dining chairs and a similar set of six Empire chairs attributed to New York cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe allow for seating 18 guests.