The Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden invite the public to take a holiday tour of the Ohio Governor's Residence in Bexley during the first three weeks of December.

The Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden invite the public to take a holiday tour of the Ohio Governor's Residence in Bexley during the first three weeks of December.

Tours will be available from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Dec. 3-18. Guests are invited to walk through the public rooms on the first floor at their own pace. Staff recommends that visitors allow 20 to 30 minutes for tours. Trained volunteers will be stationed in each room.

Tours are available free of charge, although advanced registration is required.

Frontgate, an Ohio-based company with locations including Easton-Columbus and West Chester, is providing this year's holiday decorations. Much of the 2013 Frontgate holiday collection is temporarily on display, including the Medici, Williamsburg and Glad Tidings Collections.

Visitors will be among the first to see the newest installation to the Residence -- a custom-designed chandelier by Rose Iron Works, a Cleveland firm that has operated since 1903. The Jacobean Revival design of the piece reflects architectural elements of the home. Made possible through donations to the Friends of the Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, the chandelier installation is part of an ongoing commitment to restore the Residence to its 1920s splendor.

Built in 1925, by Columbus architect Robert Gilmore Hanford, the Governor's Residence is an Ohio historical landmark. Originally the home of industrialist Malcolm D. Jeffrey, the Residence reflects the lifestyle of businessmen and industrialists living in the suburban community of Bexley in the early 20th century. It became the Governor's Residence in 1957 and 10 Ohio governors have lived in the home.

For more information, visit fogrhg.org.