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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Fischer-Hanlon House
 
Fischer-Hanlon House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Fischer-Hanlon House Marker
 
Inscription. In 1849, Joseph Fischer, a Swiss immigrant, came to Benicia. After joining a butcher partnership, Fischer purchased this lot on July 1, 1858. The house, reputed to be an old hotel was relocated here. The converted building is an outstanding example of East Coast federalist styling, which illustrates architectural diffusion during the Gold Rush.
 
Erected 1975 by This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 880 on March 14, 1975. (Marker Number 880.)
 
Location. 38° 3.012′ N, 122° 9.538′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. The house is located next door at 137 West G Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 West G Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founders of Benicia (a few steps from this marker); Robert Semple (a few steps from this marker); Old State Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – Ď81 (a few steps from this marker); The Bohn Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Solano Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Masonic Hall Built in California (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
 
Fischer-Hanlon House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Fischer-Hanlon House Marker
This marker is located on the far right
The Fischer-Hanlon House can be seen in the background
 

 
Regarding Fischer-Hanlon House. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 880 on March 14, 1975 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1975.
 
Also see . . .  The Fischer-Hanlon House. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. From “Camel Tracks”, the Benicia Historical Museumís Newsletter Oct/Nov 2007
Museum Curator Beverly Phelan wrote for the “Curatorís Corner”:

“One of the notable homes in Benicia is the Fischer-Hanlon House next to the State Capitol Building. This former Gold Rush era hotel was built in 1848. It was purchased by Joseph Fischer in 1858 and then moved from First Street to its present location on East G. The front of the hotel was positioned to face the rear of
the lot and the former Spanish style balcony was enclosed and a kitchen area was built underneath the balcony. A New England style balcony was built on the former back of the home. Joseph Fischer was born in Switzerland in 1823. He arrived in the United States in 1844 and worked on a farm on Staten Island, New York. By 1849, he arrived in Sacramento. In 1850, he partnered with Lawrence Graber and bought a twelve
 
Fischer-Hanlon House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Fischer-Hanlon House
Looking North
The front of the house had been the back of the hotel prior to moving the building to this site.
 
by fifty foot lot fronting East Second Street between B and C Streets. They were butchers and built their shop at this location. He later had a new partner and moved his business to a better location on the corner of First and East E Streets. Joseph met his wife through Captain Edward Von Pfister who had his merchandise business in the adobe at the end of First Street in Benicia. His wife, Mary Hall Sheridan, had a visit from her sister Catherine. The Von Pfisters introduced Catherine to Joseph Fischer and she never went back home. They were married late in 1854. Joseph and his wife Catherine had three children: Elizabeth, Martha and Joseph. Elizabeth married John D. Hanlon of San Francisco in 1883 at St. Dominicís Church
in Benicia but lived in San Francisco for many years. With the passing of Joseph Fischer in 1884 and then Catherine in 1893 the house was left to the three children. Elizabeth and Joseph deeded the house to Martha. Starting in 1901, Martha began remodeling the house. She started by installing plumbing and two bathrooms were installed in the back porch area east of the kitchen. Electricity was installed next and the kitchen was converted into a sitting room. The pantry and creamery were changed into the kitchen. By 1938, Elizabeth Hanlonís three daughters acquired title to the house from Martha. In 1968 two of the daughters, Catherine and Raphaelita gave the
 
Fischer-Hanlon House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. Fischer-Hanlon House
Looking Northeast
 
house and lot to the State of California. By 1976, the house was opened to the public. Several pieces of the beautiful Fischer-Hanlon china are in the Museumís
collection. It has been on display in the Victorian living room. The Benicia Historical Society has put on loan to the Museum the Fisher-Hanlon silver serving pieces. Included in this beautiful collection is a water server, coffee pot, pitchers, silver utensils, candlesticks and more.”
    — Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
Fischer-Hanlon House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
5. Fischer-Hanlon House
Back of the House Looking Southwest
 
 
A Second Fischer-Hanlon House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
6. A Second Fischer-Hanlon House Marker
The Joseph Fischer Residence
In 1856 Swiss-born Joseph Fischer, merchant and cattleman, purchased a gold rush period hotel in Benicia. Moved it to this site, and remodeled it as his residence.

In 1969 his descendants, the Misses Raphealita, Catherine, and Marie Rose Hanlon, graciously donated this property to the state to be operated as part of the State Park System.
Dedicated October 17, 1970
 
 
Out Buildings Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
7. Out Buildings
Including the family "privie"
 
 
The Carriage House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
8. The Carriage House
From signage inside of building: This carriage house was used by three generations of Fischers to house their horse-drawn vehicles and with the progression of time, the modern day motor vehicle. Vehicle entrance was from the back alley. Fischer history indicates that at one time the carriage house was rented to a cobbler for his place of business. During restoration of the building, remnants of leather used in the cobblers trade were found. The carriage house was used very much the same as a current-day garage – shelter for vehicles, storage, repair of home furnishings, etc.
 
 
Inside the Carriage House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
9. Inside the Carriage House
 
 
Inside the Carriage House Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
10. Inside the Carriage House
 
 
The Cement Step to Assist in Entering a Coach or Wagon Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
11. The Cement Step to Assist in Entering a Coach or Wagon
Located on the sidewalk in front of the house.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,202 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8, 9, 10. submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   11. submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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