The Small Parlor to the north of the front door has been used for formal entertaining since the Mansion was completed in 1856. Governors and First Ladies have received their guests in this room over the years. Marcelle Lively-Hamer, the author of a brochure on the Mansion during the Allred administration, referred to this room as the “Reception Suite”. The room has retained its original dimensions and exposures. The only significant changes have been decorative additions to the room. In the early twentieth century, the parlors were made more formal by adding plaster cove moldings at the ceiling, changing the mantel to an elegantly carved design and including a large tilted mirror overmantel mirror. This mantel probably replaced a simpler mantel like the one now in the Mansion Library.


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    Austin: Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, 1984.
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    Austin: Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, 1997.