Wisconsin history begins at the Wisconsin Executive Residence. Governor Scott Walker is the 14th Governor to reside here (and 45th Governor of Wisconsin). He and his wife, Tonette, have two sons, Matthew and Alex.
Local architect Frank Riley, born in 1875 and raised in Madison, designed the home in a Classical Revival style for Madison industrialist, Carl A. Johnson. Construction on the mansion began in 1921, but after the death of Mr. Johnson’s wife he boarded up the unfinished home. A few years later, after Mr. Johnson re-married, construction resumed and was finally completed in 1928. Mr. Johnson’s two brothers also owned homes in the neighborhood, one built by Mr. Riley two doors down. In 1933 Thomas R. Hefty, a Madison banker, purchased the residence. In 1949 the State of Wisconsin bought the home from Mr. Hefty for $47,500. (At that time, it was assessed at $200,000.)