Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The First Brick Building in Sacramento
In 1849, Zins constructed his two-story brick house that measured 35 x 60 feet and was built at a cost of $40,000. The property, 60 feet wide, located on Front Street between M and N streets, extended 150 feet to the alley. It had been obtained from John Sutter who, in 1847, had married Zins to Doris or Dorthea Wolfinger, a survivor of the Donner Party.
The building, known as the Anchor House, was intended as a family residence and store. However, during the flood of 1849-50 when it was used as a haven, Zins rented a portion of the building to John Winters, who opened a lodging house. The renting of the space to boarders was a pattern of use that was to characterize the subsequent history of the building and site. It was one of the few buildings to escape the great fire of 1852. A new 252-room hotel opened on the site in 2002.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the River Front Promenade off of Capital Mall and Front Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Independent Boat Operations of the 1850s (here, next to this marker); The Docks (a few steps from this marker); The River Lines Fleet (within shouting distance of this marker); City Wharf and Warehouses (within shouting distance of this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (within shouting distance of this marker); View Near the M Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Merchant Marine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Also see . . . The History of California Bricks. The first kiln-fired common brick was made in 1847 by George Zins at Sutterville, Sacramento County (Submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,310 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on March 4, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.