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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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
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. Touch for map. GPS Coordinates are of the location of marker prior to removal. Marker is currently propped against the back fence of the property. Ask at Museum/Tour Office to see the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1526 H Street, Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blue Diamond Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); El Camino Real Bell (approx.
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
0.4 miles away); Father Junipero Serra (approx. 0.4 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Camellia Grove (approx. 0.4 miles away); California Almond Growers Exchange (approx. half a mile away); California Firefighters Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Young America Engine Co. No. 6 (approx. half a mile 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 El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. California Governors Who Lived in the Mansion and Milestones During Their Terms in Office. (Submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. AAA VIA Magazine Article – November 2005. (Submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
4. Bancroft Library Photo Collection – Governorís Mansion – July 24, 1943.
Governorís Mansion Front Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
3. Governorís Mansion Front Entrance
(Submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
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, 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,
Governorís Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
4. Governorís Mansion
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 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 El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords.
Governorís Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 26, 2008
5. Governorís Mansion
Close-Up of Windows in Tower
architecture
 
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernmentLandmarksMan-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 5,644 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on March 14, 2009.
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