The official mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion was built in 1799 by shipping merchant Archibald Gracie, and enlarged in 1966. Nine mayors have lived here since it became the official residence in 1942, though Michael Bloomberg broke with tradition and chose to stay in his own 79th Street townhouse during his three terms as mayor. He poured millions into renovations at Gracie Mansion without spending a single night there.In January 2014, the newly prepped, polished, and spruced-up mansion became home to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. The resident first family of New York City do not appreciate visitors traipsing through their living room so the "People's House"—with all its history and colorful rooms furnished over centuries and packed with American objets d'art—is not currently open to the people. Privacy and security appear to be a concern; in addition to closing the house to tours, there is a new 10-foot-high fence surrounding the property. The mayor's office has indicated that tours of the impressive interior could resume mid-2015, so it's worth calling or emailing before you visit; you might get lucky.