Terrace Hill's Residents - Iowa Governors

From 1846-1947,  Iowa Governors were not provided a residence, with the only exception being Governor William L. Harding (1917-1921).  In 1947 the State of Iowa purchased an old colonial-style house (2900 Grand Avenue) to serve as the official Governor’s home.  By 1970, the home was no longer sufficient to accommodate the needs of the state to serve as a venue to host visiting dignitaries.  Amid talk of building a new Governor’s home, the Hubbell family offered to donate Terrace Hill to the state for the use as an official residence for the Governor and First Family.

Governor Robert D. Ray

Governor Ray, First Lady Billie Ray, and their three daughters, Randi, LuAnn, and Vicki, were the “first” First Family to live at Terrace Hill.   They moved into Terrace Hill in 1976 and it was their home for the next six years.

Governor Terry E. Branstad

The second First Family to live at Terrace Hill was Governor Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad.  They raised Eric, Allison, and Marcus over the 16-years that Terrace Hill served as their home.

Governor Thomas J. Vilsack

The family of Governor Vilsack and First Lady Christie Vilsack called Terrace Hill home from 1999-2007.  Their two sons, Jess and Doug, were away at college.

Governor Chester John “Chet” Culver

Governor Culver, First Lady Mari Culver and their two children, John and Clare, lived in Terrace Hill from 2007-2011.

Governor Terry E. Branstad

With Governor Branstad's historic re-election in November 2014,Terrace Hill  became the home of Governor Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad once again.   Governor Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad resided at Terrace Hill for a combined total of 22 1/2 years.

Governor Kim Reynolds

June 2017- Iowa's first female Governor, Kim Reynolds and First Spouse Kevin Reynolds move into Terrace Hill.

Printed from the Terrace Hill website on April 24, 2018 at 9:45am.