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Governor's Mansion, Sacramento

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Governor's Mansion State Historic Park is the location of Historic Governor's Mansion of California, the official home of the Governor of California. It housed thirteen governors and their families from 1903 to 1967 and began housing the 39th, and current, governor in 2015. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located at 1526 H Street in Sacramento, the mansion has now returned to being the official residence for the state governor and will still be used for public and state ceremonies and events. George Pardee was the first governor to live in the house. Ronald Reagan, who lived in it for only four months, was the last governor to reside there for nearly 50 years. The mansion resumed its role as an official residence in 2015, when Governor Jerry Brown moved into the property with his wife.
The thirty-room, three story Second Empire-Italianate 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 the wife of Earl Warren. The structure has been renovated a number of times over the years. In 1967 after the Reagans moved out, the mansion was turned into a museum and opened to the public. The third floor of the mansion has been closed to the public since the 1990s.
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  • A somewhat grand old dame in the middle of downtown, not used and I'm not sure if anyone can get it. Pretty gardens all around, classic Victorian architecture.  more »
  • The neighborhood is run down and you are only able to view the outside of the home. I didn't feel very safe in the neighborhood on my own.  more »
  • I knew the home is not available for tour but since it is just few blocks from the Capitol, I decided to stop by for some photos. It was weekday afternoon and there were no signs by the home stating....  more »
  • Really nice to see. We only saw it from the outside because it was closed to the public. It's been a year since we've been here, Governor Browne used it as a residence.
  • The place was beautiful all decked out for Christmas.
  • Great history of Communism and Retarded Liberals.
  • This is a great place to visit. So many great stories and lots of docents to give tours throughout the day. I was amazed to learn how much maintenance goes into an old home like this. I laughed at the stories of how much Nancy Reagan hated this house. This is a great old elegant home full of history.
  • It was decorated really nicely for Christmas. I only saw the street view, but based online info, that's the only view that's available. The mansion appears to be closed to the public

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