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Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

California Governor's Mansion
Location Sacramento, California
Built 1877
Architect Nathaniel D. Goodell
Architectural style Second Empire-Italianate
Governing body State of California
NRHP Reference # 70000139 [2]
CHISL # 823[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 10 November 1970
Designated CHISL August 10, 1974

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 will house its fourteenth governor at the end of 2015.[3] The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located at 1526 H Street in Ronald Reagan, who lived in it for only four months, was the last governor to reside there until Jerry Brown announced that he and his wife would be moving in at the end of 2015.[3]


  • History 1
  • Avoidance by later governors 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


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.

Avoidance by later governors

The Governor's Mansion was not occupied by state governors between 1967 and 2015. In 1974, an alternative governor's residence was constructed in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael and was completed just as Reagan left office. Jerry Brown, who succeeded Reagan, refused to live in the large residence and it was sold by the state in 1982. Instead, Brown lived in a sparsely furnished apartment during his first two terms as governor from 1975 to 1983. When Brown became governor again in 2011, he opted to live in a 1,450-square-foot (135 m2) downtown loft.[4]

Pete Wilson, and Gray Davis all lived in different Carmichael residences. Arnold Schwarzenegger stayed in a hotel suite at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento near the Capitol when he was in Sacramento, but ordinarily commuted each day by private plane from his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.[5]

The former Carmichael house is now in a gated community called La Casa de los Gobernadores in Carmichael. It is located next to Ancil Hoffman Golf Course.[6] The home overlooks the American River ( ).

Proposed for closure

The Governor's Mansion was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program.[7] It was previously one of several state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Those closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[8]

Returned as Official Residence

It was announced on October 16, 2015, that Governor Jerry Brown would be moving into the Governor's Mansion in late-2015 or early-2016 following extensive renovations. He would be the first governor to reside there since Ronald Reagan in 1967.

See also


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Further reading

  • Joan Didion. (1979). "Many Mansions" in The White Album. New York: Simon and Schuster.

External links

  • websiteGovernor's Mansion State Historic ParkOfficial
  • Online tour of the Historic Governor's Mansion
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