Governor's Mansion State Historic Park


Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Infobox_nrhp | name =California Governor's Mansion
nrhp_type =


caption =
location= Sacramento, California
lat_degrees = 38 | lat_minutes = 34 | lat_seconds = 48.52 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 121 | long_minutes = 29 | long_seconds = 1.25 | long_direction = W
area =
built =1877
architect= Goodell,Nathaniel D.
architecture= Second Empire
added = November 10, 1970
governing_body = State
refnum=70000139 cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2006-03-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park is the location of Historic Governor's Mansion of California, the former official home of the Governor of California. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 1526 H Street in Sacramento, the mansion no longer serves as the Governor's official residence and is now used primarily for public and state ceremonies and events. George Pardee was the first governor to live in the house; Ronald Reagan was the last.

The thirty-room Second Empire-Italianate style Victorian mansion was built in 1877 for local hardware merchant Albert Gallatin. The State of California purchased the house in 1903 to serve as a governor's mansion. Many furnishings remain from former governors, including Pardee's 1902 Steinway piano, velvet chairs and sofas belonging to Governor Hiram Johnson, and Persian rugs bought by Governor Pat Brown.

The house is now open to the public for guided tours, which are held daily on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The state built a new governor's residence in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael, which was completed just as Reagan left office. Then governor, Jerry Brown, refused to live in the house, which was then sold by the state in 1982. Brown's successors -- George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, and Gray Davis -- lived in a Carmichael residence that was bought for Deukmejian by a group of his supporters and rented to the state for $1 a year. The present governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stays in a hotel suite near the Capitol when he is in Sacramento, but ordinarily commutes each day by private plane from his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles [http://www.sacbee.com/110/story/772916.html] .

Proposed for closure

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park is one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program. [ [http://cbs5.com/local/California.parks.budget.2.627476.html CBS5.com: List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget Proposal] ]

ources

* [http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=498 "Governor's Mansion SHP"]
* [http://www.sacbee.com/110/story/772916.html "The governor wings his way home daily"]
* California Department of Parks & Recreation, Sacramento, CA 94296

External links

* [http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=498 Governor's Mansion State Historic Park] - official site
* [http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/684/files/mansion.pdf Online tour of the Historic Governor's Mansion]


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