When the Rauner Family moved into the Governor’s Mansion in 2015, they found the third-oldest continually occupied executive residence in the United States in grave disrepair. The 1855 structure was deteriorating inside and out, particularly on account of water damage brought on by roof and mechanical failures. Under the leadership of First Lady Diana Rauner and the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association (IGMA), the interior and exterior were restored and the site’s entry reoriented to increase accessibility. The renovation was a successful privately funded renovation of a highly visible and significant public landmark of the State of Illinois. The project was awarded a LEED Silver rating and stands for the people of Illinois as a perfect example of preservation stewardship for the benefit of the public.