“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Governorís Mansion

Governorís Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
1. Governorís Mansion Marker
Marker is currently propped against back fence of property
Inscription.  This mansard-styled Victorian house was built for Albert Gallatin in 1877. Acquired by the State, it served as the first official Governor's residence. Governor George C. Pardee and his family moved in during November, 1903. It ultimately served as home for 13 Governors over a span of 64 years.
Erected 1968 by By the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Sutter Parlor No.111, N.D.G.W., Elk Grove Parlor No.41, N.S.G.W., August 10, 1968. (Marker Number 823.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
Location. 38° 34.817′ N, 121° 29.068′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of H Street and 16th Street. GPS Coordinates are of the location of marker prior to removal. Marker is currently propped against the back fence of the property.
Governorís Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 27, 1978
2. Governorís Mansion Marker
1978 Photo of Marker Located on Front Grounds of Property
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Ask at Museum/Tour Office to see the marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1526 H Street, Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Margaret 'Mike' Chung (approx. 0.4 miles away); Julie Soderlund (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jeannette Rankin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Laura de Force Gordon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jovita IdŠr (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maria Guadalupe Evangelina de Lopez (approx. 0.4 miles away); Naomi Anderson (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Regarding Governorís Mansion. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.823
Also see . . .
1. The Historic Governorís Mansion of California. (Submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. Governor's Mansion State Historic Park. Wikipedia article (Submitted on January 3, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 
Additional commentary.
1. From the 1978 Tour Brochure
A Brief History

Californiaís Executive Mansion, popularly known as the Governorís Mansion, was built in 1877-78 for Albert Gallatin, President of a pioneer Sacramento hardware firm, [Huntington-Hopkins Hardware,
Governorís Mansion Front Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
3. Governorís Mansion Front Entrance
restored building located at Old Sacramento
] on land that was once part of the Mexican land grant to John A. Sutter. The structure, built by U.M Reese from the designs of Architect Nethaniel D. Goodell, cost more than $75,000.

In 1887, Gallatin sold the home to Joseph Steffens, drygoods merchant and father of author Lincoln Steffens, and in 1903 the State bought it for $32,500 unfurnished. In selecting the 15-room, 5-bathroom Mansion, the Capital Commissioners were thought to have considered comfort more than style, since the Victorian-Gothic architecture of the home already seemed dated in 1903. A small wing was added and the house refurbished and furnished, bringing the total cost to $56,000. Governor George Pardee became the first resident of the new Governorís Mansion.

Californiaís previous attempts to provide a residence for her chief executive had proved futile. In 1879 a structure, which ultimately housed the State Printing Office and State Armory, had been started near the Capital, but it was never finished due to lack of funds, so governors rented houses or lived in hotels.

During its 64 years as the home of 13 Californiaís governors, the Mansion was the scene of four weddings – in 1921 Mrs. Randolph Zane (Barbara Stephens) married John N. Osborn, in 1926 Ruth Richardson Hilby married Warden Frank J. Smith, in 1941 Dorothy Olson married
Governorís Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
4. Governorís Mansion
Bruce Benson Whitney, and in 1955 Caroline Knight married Charles Weedman. There was also an assassination attempt, a dynamite explosion which destroyed the kitchen and pantry in 1917. Governor William Stephens and his wife were unharmed by the blast, which was an attributed to the Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies.”

Though the State Fire Marshal had declared the building unsuitable for occupancy in 1941, no alternative official residence was provided, and Governors Warren, Knight, and Brown lived there throughout their terms of office. Governor Earl Warren lived in the Mansion the longest, from 1943 until his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1953. Governor Ronald Reagan lived in the Mansion during the first part of 1967.
    — Submitted November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
Governorís Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
5. Governorís Mansion
Close-Up of Windows in Tower
Governorís Mansion - Sacramento, California image. Click for full size.
Dexter Press, Distributed by Fritz Vibe Enterprises, Sacramento, Calif.
6. Governorís Mansion - Sacramento, California
Description on Postcard: Governor's Mansion - Located at 16th and H Streets. Built in 1877, the mansion truly represents the early California era. It housed all of California's governors and their families from 1903 to 1968. Open to the public.
Original View of the Albert Gallatin House image. Click for full size.
By California State Parks
7. Original View of the Albert Gallatin House
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 5,843 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   7. submitted on March 14, 2009.

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