Official residence

The official residence of the President of Serbia
Residence of the president of Belarus

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.

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

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

 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, 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


  • Palacio José Cecilio del Valle (President)


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
California Governor's Mansion
Colorado Governor's Mansion
Hawaiʻi: ʻIolani Palace
Indiana Governor's Residence
Kansas: Cedar Crest
Kentucky Governor's Mansion
Maryland: Government House
Minnesota Governor's Residence
New Jersey: Drumthwacket
Ohio Governor's Mansion
Texas Governor's Mansion
Utah Governor's Mansion
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

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

South America


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)


Palácio da Alvorada, Brasília
Palácio Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro Governor's residence


Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago


Casa de Nariño, Bogota





Palacio de Gobierno, Lima









  • Rifa'a Palace (King)


Bangabhaban, Dhaka
Uttara Gonobhaban, Natore



Istana Nurul Iman courtyard


 People's Republic of China

Zhongnanhai, Beijing
Office and Residence

Special administrative regions

Government House, Hong Kong

Taiwan Taiwan

Presidential Building, Taipei
Guest House


 East Timor



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


Istana Merdeka, Jakarta




Beit Aghion, Jerusalem.


Kantei, Tokyo


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


Ak Orda Presidential Palace


  • Dasman Palace (Emir, formerly)




Beiteddine Palace



Theemuge, Maldives




 North Korea




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

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, Bangkok


 United Arab Emirates



Presidential Palace, Hanoi





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)


 Czech Republic

Prague Castle is the residence of the President of the Czech Republic



Presidential Palace in Kadriorg, Tallinn.



Palais de l'Elysée
Hôtel Matignon
  •  French Polynesia
    • Presidence (President of French Polynesia)
    • Haut Commissariat (High Commissioner of French Polynesia)


Villa Hammerschmidt
Schloss Bellevue
Palais Schaumburg



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

Sanssouci Palace


Mannheim Palace



Buda Castle, Budapest


 Republic of Ireland


Palazzo del Quirinale
Villa Doria Pamphili




Presidential Palace, Vilnius


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)


Royal Palace, Amsterdam


Royal Palace, Oslo


Presidential Palace, Warsaw




Grand Kremlin Palace


Novi dvor (New Court)


Government of the Republic of Kosovo building in Pristina


Grassalkovich Palace



Palacio Real (Royal Palace), Madrid


The Royal Palace in Stockholm
Drottningholm Palace
Sager Palace


Federal Palace

Official estates of the Swiss Federal Council:


Mariyinsky Palace, Kiev

 United Kingdom

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

  Vatican City

Apostolic Palace, Vatican



Government House, Melbourne



 New Zealand

 Papua New Guinea


  • Villa Vailima

 Solomon Islands


Royal Palace, Tonga



Çankaya Mansion



See also


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  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
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  4. ^ Prime Minister of Canada: 24 Sussex Drive Archived 2007-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^ "National Capital Commission: 7 Rideau Gate". Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
  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.
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  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.
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  20. ^ "UWM's new chancellor's mansion will help woo donors". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
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  22. ^ Governor return to Government House
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  24. ^ National Trust of Australia: La Trobe's Cottage
  25. ^ Toorak House Archived 2007-08-31 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Melbourne Buildings: Stonnington
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