Official residence

An official residence is the residence at which a nation's head of state, head of government, governor, religious leader, leaders of international organizations, or other senior figure officially resides. It may or may not be the same location where the individual conducts work-related functions or lives.

Novi Dvor (1)
The official residence of the President of Serbia
Residence of the president of Belarus

International organizations

 United Nations



  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace



  • Kiriri Presidential Palace


  • Unity Palace[1]

 Cape Verde

 Central African Republic

  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace

Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of the


Republic of the Congo Congo, Republic of the

  • Brazzaville Presidential Palace

 Côte d'Ivoire


  • Presidential Palace


 Equatorial Guinea

  • Government Building




  • Presidential Palace





  • Belle Vue (demolished; former summer residence of the President)


  • Presidential Palace








  • Presidential Palace







  • Presidential Palace





 São Tomé and Príncipe

  • Presidential Palace



 Sierra Leone


 South Africa


Provincial, former

 South Sudan

  • Presidential Palace


  • Presidential Palace


  • Lozitha Palace (King)







North America and Caribbean

 Antigua and Barbuda






 Dominican Republic




 Saint Kitts and Nevis

 Saint Lucia

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 Trinidad and Tobago



  • Government House (Governor-General, formerly; kept for official government functions, visiting foreign dignitaries, and as House of Culture Museum)



24 Sussex Drive From Back 3jun2004
24 Sussex Drive, Official Residence of the Canadian Prime Minister


*The provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec no longer have official residences for their lieutenant governors, but do provide them with accommodations; in the case of Ontario, only if necessary.

 Costa Rica

  • Casa Presidencial, Costa Rica (President)

 El Salvador


  • Casa Presidencial




None. The President uses own private residence.


*In every state of the Mexico the Palacio de Gobierno, or Government Palace, was the official residence the governor, they are now maintained solely as the relevant governor's offices.



  • Casa de la Corregidora (Governor mansion)



 United States

White House, Washington


Alabama Governor's Mansion by Highsmith 01B
Alabama Governor's Mansion
Gov Mans 1
California Governor's Mansion
CO governors mansion
Colorado Governor's Mansion
Iolani Palace (1328)
Hawaiʻi: ʻIolani Palace
Indiana Governor's Residence
Indiana Governor's Residence
Kansas: Cedar Crest
KY Governors Mansion
Kentucky Governor's Mansion
MD Governor Mansion 09
Maryland: Government House
Minnesota Governor's Residence
Minnesota Governor's Residence
New Jersey: Drumthwacket
Mansion thru Roses
Ohio Governor's Mansion
Texas governors mansion
Texas Governor's Mansion
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Utah Governor's Mansion



Henry County Sheriff's Residence and Jail
Henry County Sheriff's Residence and Jail

Note that some mayors in cities with an official mayor's residence choose instead to reside at their private residence, using the official residence for official functions only. This has occurred in the 21st century in Detroit and New York City, although as of 2016 the mayors of both cities live in the official residences. In the case of Denver, no mayor has ever lived in the official residence; the city instead makes it available to certain non-profit groups for special functions.


Walter Lowrie House (Princeton, New Jersey)
Walter Lowrie House, Princeton, New Jersey

This section is reserved for official residences maintained by private, nongovernmental institutions.

South America


Casa Rosada Buenos Aires
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires


  • Palacio Quemado (President's office)
  • Palace of Calacoto (Official residence of the President)
  • Castillo blanco (Winter residence of the President)
  • Principado de la Glorieta (Summer residence of the President)
  • Villa Albina (Summer residence of the President)
  • Mercado street (Office prime minister)
  • Casa Verde (Official residence of the prime minister)


Palacio Alvorada commons
Palácio da Alvorada, Brasília



Palácio Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro Governor's Residence


Moneda 1
Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago



Casa de Nariño, Bogota





Palacio de Gobierno, Lima








  • Residence of Zagulba - is the world's oldest presidential house and full-time residence of the President of Azerbaijan in Baku.
  • Presidential Palace - official residence and seat of the Presidential Administration
  • Government House is a government building palace various state ministries of Azerbaijan
  • Presidential Mountain Palace - Rest residence in Gabala


  • Rifa'a Palace (King)


Bangabhaban, Dhaka
Uttara Ganabhaban Natore
Uttara Gonobhaban, Natore



Istana Nurul Iman courtyard


 People's Republic of China

Zhongnanhai, Beijing


Office and Residence

Special administrative regions

 Hong Kong

GH facade
Government House, Hong Kong


Former Portuguese Macau

Former British Colony of Hong Kong

Taiwan Republic of China

Presidential Building, Taipei
Guest House


 East Timor




Rashtrapati Bhavan-2
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
Arched Gate of the Raj Bhavan, Kolkata


Union Territories


Merdeka Palace Changing Guard 2
Istana Merdeka, Jakarta






Julius Jacobs house
Beit Aghion, Jerusalem.


PMO cropped
Kantei, Tokyo



  • Raghadan Palace (King)
  • Al Hummar Palace (used for state receptions)
  • Basman Palace (King)
  • Al Qasr al Sagheer (King)


Ak Orda Presidential Palace
Ak Orda Presidential Palace



  • Dasman Palace (Emir, formerly)





Beiteddine Palace InnerCourtyard
Beiteddine Palace







Theemuge, Maldives






 North Korea







Malacanang palace view
Malacañan Palace, Manila, Philippines




  • Emir's Palace (Emir)

 Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh Qasr Malik Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (King)
  • Jeddah Qasr Malik Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (King)
  • Mina Royal Palace
  • Makkah Royal Palace


 South Korea

Seoul Gyeongbokgung Blue House Bukhansan cropped
Cheong Wa Dae, Seoul
- Cheong Wa Dae is the official presidential office and residence complex for the President of South Korea.
- Its address is "1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea". It is located next to Gyeongbokgung, the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty.
  • Cheong Nam Dae ("Cheong Wa Dae in the South") (President; no longer used)
- Cheong Nam Dae used to be one of the two vacation residences for the President of Republic of Korea. It was returned to public in 2003.
- It is located in Cheongwon-gun, North Chungcheong Province.
  • Cheong Hae Dae ("Cheong Wa Dae on the Seashore") (President; no longer used)
- Cheong Hae Dae used to be one of the two vacation residences for the President of Republic of Korea. Although the president no longer uses this facility this compound is still under the administration of the Republic of Korea Navy, and thus is not open to public access.
- It is located on one of the islands of Geoje-shi, South Gyeongsang Province.
  • Chongri Gonggwan ("Official Residence of the Prime Minister") (Prime Minister)
- This is the official residence for the Prime Minister of Republic of Korea. The Prime Minister, however, does not work here.
- Its address is "111-2 Samcheongdong-gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea". It is located close to Cheong Wa Dae.
- This is the official residence for the Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea. The Speaker, also, does not work here.
- It is located in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, where many foreign missions to Korea are located.
  • Daebeobwonjang Gonggwan ("Official Residence of the Chief Justice") (Chief Justice)
- This is the official residence for the Chief Justice of Republic of Korea. The Chief Justice, also, does not work here.
- It is also located in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
  • Most ministers of state and heads of administrative regions also have official residences, although they are not listed here.

 Sri Lanka



  • Mustapha Pasha al-Abed's Palace (President)
  • Nazim Pashas's Palace (President)



Grand Palace in Bangkok - Chakri Mahaprasad Hall
Grand Palace, Bangkok



 United Arab Emirates



Vietnamese Presidential Palace, Hanoi, 2006-Nov-17
Presidential Palace, Hanoi






Wien Hofburg Neue Burg Heldenplatz
Hofburg Neue Burg section, seen from Heldenplatz.


Residence of the president of Belarus


 Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Presidency Building
  • Konak Residence (visiting foreign dignitaries; also used for state receptions)



  • The Largo (A complex of government office buildings in Sofia):
  • Boyana Residence (A complex of residential buildings outside Sofia):
    • Home № 1 (National History Museum)
    • Home № 2 (Residences of the members of the Cabinet)
    • Villa Kalina (The home of the President)
  • Euxinograd (former royal residence outside Varna; currently used by the President and Prime Minister)

Former royal residences


 Czech Republic

Night view of the Castle and Charles Bridge, Prague - 8034
Prague Castle is the residence of the President of the Czech Republic








Palais de l'Elysée Entrée
Palais de l'Elysée
Matignon gala
Hôtel Matignon

Former royal residences


  •  French Polynesia
    • Presidence (President of French Polynesia)
    • Haut Commissariat (High Commissioner of French Polynesia)


Villa Hammerschmidt Bonn Seite Adenauerallee 20080831
Villa Hammerschmidt
Bellevue Palace Berlin 02-14
Schloss Bellevue
Bellevue Palace Berlin 02-14
Schloss Bellevue


Bundeskanzleramt from Reichstag
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-001502, Bonn, Palais Schaumburg
Palais Schaumburg



Former royal residences

Brandenburg/Prussia/Imperial/East Germany/Former West Germany

Ostteil Sanssouci
Sanssouci Palace


Castle Mannheim
Mannheim Palace




Buda Castle, Budapest



 Republic of Ireland



Palazzo del Quirinale
Villa Doria Pamphili
Villa Doria Pamphili

Former residences




Wilno - Pałac prezydencki
Presidential Palace, Vilnius



Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg 1
Grand Ducal Palace




  • Fort St. Angelo (former residence of the Grand Master, now restored)
  • Grandmaster's Palace (former residence of the Grand Master and the Governor, now housing the Office of the President and a museum)
  • Palazzo Vilhena (former residence of the Grand Master, now a museum)
  • Aħrax Tower (former summer residence of the Governor, now abandoned)
  • Casa Leoni (former residence of the Governor, now housing a government ministry)



  • Presidential Palace, Tiraspol



  • Blue Palace (Official Residence of the President)


Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
Royal Palace, Amsterdam


Slottet oslo 2
Royal Palace, Oslo


Koniecpolski palace warszawa
Presidential Palace, Warsaw






Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow
Grand Kremlin Palace



Novi dvor (New Court)



Skenderbeg Prishtina
Government of the Republic of Kosovo building in Pristina


Bratislava-grassalkovičov palác
Grassalkovich Palace



Palacio Real de Madrid - 21
Palacio Real (Royal Palace), Madrid

Autonomous communities



The Royal Palace in Stockholm
Drottningholm castle viewed from east 2005-08-14
Drottningholm Palace
Sagerska palatset
Sager Palace

Prime Ministerial



Bundeshaus Bern 2009, Flooffy
Federal Palace

Official estates of the Swiss Federal Council:


Maryinsky Palace, residence of the Ukrainian President
Mariyinsky Palace, Kiev

 United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace, London, England, 24Jan04
Buckingham Palace, London



Bute House, Charlotte Square Edinburgh
Bute House is the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland, located in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh


  Vatican City

Watykan Plac sw Piora kolumnada Berniniego
Apostolic Palace, Vatican






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Government House, Melbourne




 New Zealand



 Papua New Guinea



  • Villa Vailima

 Solomon Islands


Royal Palace, Tonga



Turkey. Ankara. Palace of Atatürk 1935
Çankaya Mansion




See also


  1. ^ Cameroon, Unity Palace. "The Presidential Residence". All About the PRC.
  2. ^ Governor General of Canada: Rideau Hall Archived February 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Galbraith, William; Canadian Parliamentary Review: Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1939 Royal Visit; Vol. 12, No. 3, 1989. Lanctot, Gustave; Royal Tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Canada and the United States of America 1939; E.P. Taylor Foundation; 1964. Aimers, John; Monarchy Canada: The Palace on the Rideau; April 1996 Archived January 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Governor General of Canada: La Citadelle Archived 2006-10-09 at
  4. ^ Prime Minister of Canada: 24 Sussex Drive Archived 2007-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ National Capital Commission: Harrington Lake
  6. ^ National Capital Commission: Stornoway
  7. ^ National Capital Commission: The Farm
  8. ^ National Capital Commission: 7 Rideau Gate
  9. ^ Schevitz, Tanya; Wallack, Todd (November 14, 2005). "Free mansions for people of means: UC system spends about US$1 million yearly on upkeep". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A9.
  10. ^ See University of California Policy 2.725, "University-Provided Housing," 1 August 2009, 2, and University of California Business and Finance Bulletin G-45, "Implementing Requirements on Expenses Incurred in Support of Official Responsibilities of the President and Chancellors," 20 May 2008, 2.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-02-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Campus Guide: Maxwell Place". University of Kentucky. July 22, 2012.
  14. ^ Elson, Martha (October 29, 2015). "UofL owns Highlands mansion, but nobody's home". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2015. The house is not currently used as a full-time residence. Current university president James Ramsey was not required to live in the house upon becoming president in 2002 because he was hired from the university's faculty and already owned a home in the area. During his tenure, he has used the house mainly for fundraisers and other university events, and has used a carriage house on the property for smaller events and as lodging for university guests.
  15. ^ "Welcome to Eastcliff". University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  16. ^ "Gov. Christie's office rebuts helicopter story". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Bolt, Greg (September 28, 2009). "Top Duck's old roost renovated: McMorran House is more than UO president's home". The Register-Guard. p. A1.
  18. ^ "Historic Campus: The President's House". The College of William & Mary. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  19. ^ "Olin House / Chancellor's Residence". University of Wisconsin - Madison. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "UWM's new chancellor's mansion will help woo donors". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  21. ^ Beth Potter. Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 218.
  22. ^ Governor return to Government House
  23. ^ Belair National Park - Visiting the Park Archived 2007-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ National Trust of Australia: La Trobe's Cottage
  25. ^ Toorak House Archived 2007-08-31 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Melbourne Buildings: Stonnington
  27. ^
10 Janpath

10 Janpath is a house on Janpath, New Delhi. It is the official residence of Sonia Gandhi, Indian National Congress party (INC). The national headquarters of Indian National Congress is right behind it on 24, Akbar Road.It was the residence of India's second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri (1964-1966) and where his body lay in state on 11 January 1966. Today his biographical museum, Lal Bhadur Shastri Memorial is at 1, Moti Lal Nehru Place (formerly 10 Janpath), adjacent to the complex.

Clarence House

Clarence House is a British royal residence on The Mall in the City of Westminster, London. It is attached to St James's Palace and shares the palace's garden. From 1953 until 2002, it was home to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It has since been the official residence of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Clarence House was also the official residence of Prince William from 2003 until April 2011 and of Prince Harry from 2003 until 2012. It is open to visitors for approximately one month each summer, usually in August. The four storey house is faced in pale stucco.

Over the years, it has undergone extensive remodelling and reconstruction, most notably after the Second World War, and little remains of the original structure as designed by John Nash. Since 2003, the term "Clarence House" has been used as a metonym for the Prince of Wales's private office. (The term "St James's Palace" had been used previously.) It is Grade I listed on the National Heritage List for England.

Commander of the Army (Sri Lanka)

The Commander of the Army is the title of the professional head of the Sri Lanka Army. The current Commander of the Army is Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

Downing Street

Downing Street is a street in London that houses the official residences and offices of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Situated off Whitehall, a few minutes' walk from the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street was built in the 1680s by Sir George Downing.

For more than three hundred years, it has held the official residences of both the First Lord of the Treasury, the office now synonymous with that of the Prime Minister, and the Second Lord of the Treasury, the office held by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The Prime Minister's official residence is 10 Downing Street; the Chancellor's official residence is Number 11. The government's Chief Whip has an official residence at Number 12. The current Chief Whip's residence is at Number 9. The houses on the south side of the street were demolished in the 19th century to make way for government offices now occupied by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

'Downing Street' is used as a metonym for the Government of the United Kingdom.

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park is the location of the Historic Governor's Mansion of California, the official residence of the Governor of California, located at 1526 H Street in Sacramento. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mansion was home to thirteen governors and their families, from George Pardee in 1903 to Ronald Reagan for four months in 1967. After nearly fifty years as a public museum, the mansion resumed its role as an official residence in 2015, when then-Governor Jerry Brown moved into the property with his wife.

Governor of Maine

The Governor of Maine is the chief executive of the State of Maine. Before Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820, Maine was part of Massachusetts and the Governor of Massachusetts was chief executive.

The current Governor of Maine is Janet Mills, a Democrat, who took office January 2, 2019.

The governor of Maine receives a salary of $70,000, which as of 2016 is the lowest by $20,000 of the 50 state governors.

Governor of North Dakota

The governor of North Dakota is the head of the executive branch of government of North Dakota and serves as the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

The Constitution of North Dakota specifies that "the executive power is vested in the governor" in Section 1. Section 7 indicates that "the governor is the chief executive of the state. The governor shall have the responsibility to see that the state's business is well administered and that its laws are faithfully executed."

Governor of Northern Ireland

The Governor of Northern Ireland was the principal officer and representative in Northern Ireland of the British monarch. The office was established on 9 December 1922 and abolished on 18 July 1973.

Hôtel de Pontalba

Hôtel de Pontalba is a hôtel particulier, a type of large townhouse of France, at 41 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It is the official residence of the United States Ambassador to France.

Mansion House, Dublin

The Mansion House (Irish: Teach an Ard-Mhéara) on Dawson Street, Dublin, has been the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715, and was also the meeting place of the Dáil Éireann from 1919 until 1922.

Papal Apartments

The Papal Apartments is the non-official designation for the collection of apartments, which are private, state, and religious, that wrap around a courtyard (the Courtyard of Sixtus V, Cortile di Sisto V) on two sides of the third (top) floor of the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.Since the 17th century the Papal Apartments have been the official residence of the Pope in his religious capacity (as Supreme Pontiff). Prior to 1870, the Pope's official residence in his temporal capacity (as sovereign of the Papal States) was the Quirinal Palace, which is now the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. The Papal Apartments are referred to in Italian by several terms, including appartamento nobile and appartamento pontificio.

Prefectures in France

A prefecture in France (French: préfecture) may refer to:

the Chef-lieu de département, the town in which the administration of a department is located;

the Chef-lieu de région, the town in which the administration of a region is located;

the jurisdiction of a prefecture;

the official residence or headquarters of a prefect.

President of Kenya

The President of the Republic of Kenya (Swahili: Rais wa Jamhuri ya Kenya) is the head of state and head of government of Kenya. The president leads the executive branch of the Government of Kenya and is the commander-in-chief of the Kenya Defence Forces. The official residence of the president is at State House, Nairobi.

The wife of the President is referred to as the First Lady of Kenya.

The President is elected by popular vote in the general election held during August every 5 years. For the first time in the history of any African country, the 2017 general election was annulled. For the election of the President to be determined valid, they must have

More than half of all the votes cast in the election

At least twenty-five per cent of the votes cast in each of more than half of the counties.

Prime Minister's Official Residence (Japan)

The Prime Minister's Official Residence is the principal workplace and residence of the Prime Minister of Japan. It is commonly referred to as Sōri Daijin Kantei (総理大臣官邸), Shushō Kantei (首相官邸) or simply Kantei (官邸).

Prime Minister of Jamaica

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Jamaica's head of government, currently Andrew Holness. Holness, as leader of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), was sworn in as Prime Minister on 3 March 2016, succeeding People's National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson-Miller. This was a result of the JLP's victory in Jamaica's 25 February 2016 general election.

The Prime Minister is formally appointed into office by the Governor General of Jamaica, who represents Elizabeth II, the Queen of Jamaica (Jamaica's Head of State).

Raj Bhavan, Kolkata

Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal, located in the capital city Kolkata. Built in 1803, it was known as Government House before the independence of India.

After the transfer of power from the East India Company to the British Crown in 1858, it became the official residence of the Viceroy of India, shifting here from the Belvedere Estate. With the shifting of capital to Delhi in 1911 it became the official residence of Lieutenant Governor of Bengal. Since independence in 1947 it serves as the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal and came to be known as the Raj Bhavan, a name it shares with the official residences of other states' governors.

Seri Teratai

Seri Teratai, located in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia, is the official residence of Penang's head of government, the Chief Minister of Penang. The colonial-era double storey mansion was constructed in the early 20th century.Despite the building's status as the official residence of Penang's head of government, the building has been left unoccupied since 2009 due to its dilapidated condition.

The Residency, Penang

The Residency (Malay: Seri Mutiara) in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia is the official residence of Penang's head of state, the Governor of Penang. Built by the British in 1888, the mansion formerly served as the official residence of the highest-ranking British officer in Penang right up to the Malayan independence in 1957.The grounds of The Residency, through which the Waterfall River flows, is home to several rare species of plants, such as a baobab tree (one of only three such trees in Penang), the Brazil nut, Indian ebony and the cannon-ball tree.

United States Naval Observatory

The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, with a primary mission to produce Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) for the United States Navy and the United States Department of Defense. Located in Northwest Washington, D.C. at the Northwestern end of Embassy Row, it is one of the pre-1900 astronomical observatories located in an urban area; at the time of its construction, it was far from the light pollution thrown off by the (then-smaller) city center. Former USNO director Gernot M. R. Winkler initiated the "Master Clock" service that the USNO still operates, and which provides precise time to the GPS satellite constellation run by the United States Air Force. The USNO performs radio VLBI-based positions of quasars with numerous global collaborators, in order to produce Earth Orientation parameters.

Aside from its scientific mission, a house located within the Naval Observatory complex serves as the official residence of the Vice President of the United States.

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