Demolition of old Governor's Residence

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The old governor’s residence was torn down Friday.

After getting no offers to buy or relocate the residence, it was time to demolish it.

The residence was home to 9 governors, but now it's just a memory, but some of the items will be saved forever.

"We can't preserve everything, so we try and preserve a slice. Giving you an idea on what it was like in the past. So we try our best to preserve a selection," said Mark Halverson, North Dakota State Historical Society.

The State Historical Society saved over 300 items from the home, including napkins, furniture and more.

"The flatware, the dinner ware, the napkins, the drapery, samples of the wallpaper, samples of the carpet," said Halverson.

All the items can be viewed at the state historical society.

After the demolition of the home is finished, re-grading of the land will begin.

Gov. Doug Burgum's family moved into the new residence next door a few months ago, and he says he's honored to be the first family to be in the third North Dakota Governor's Residence.

Halverson recommends people to get the book "Building a House, Making a Home." It's a history of the North Dakota Governor's Residence in the eyes of the former residents.

The book can be purchased at the State Historical Society.