California Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County

California Historical Landmark 823
Governor's Mansion
16th and H Streets
Built 1877

California Historical Landmark #823: Governor Mansion in Sacramento
2 January 2009

California Historical Landmark #823: Governor Mansion in Sacramento
12 August 2006
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Governor's Mansion

This mansard styled Victorian house was built for Albert Gallatin in 1877. Acquired by the State of California and 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.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 823

Plaque placed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Sutter Parlor No. 11 N.D.G.W. and Elk Grove Parlor No. 41 N.S.G.W., August 10, 1968.

Ronald Reagan was the last California governor to live in this house. It is now a State Historic Park and National Register Listing #70000139.

Nancy Reagan Just Says "No" to the California Governor's Mansion

Reagan was First Lady of California during her husband's two terms as governor. She disliked living in Sacramento, which lacked the excitement, social life, and mild climate to which she was accustomed in Los Angeles. She first attracted controversy early in 1967, when, after four months' residence in the California Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, she moved her family into a wealthy suburb because fire officials had labeled the mansion as a "firetrap". Though the Reagans leased the new house at their expense, the move was viewed by many as snobbish. Nancy defended her actions as being for the good of her family, a judgment with which her husband readily agreed. Friends of the family later helped support the cost of the leased house, while Nancy Reagan supervised construction of a new ranch-style governor's residence in nearby Carmichael. The new residence was finished just as Ronald Reagan left office in 1975, but his successor, Jerry Brown, refused to live there. It was sold in 1982, and California governors have been living in improvised arrangements ever since.

From the Wikipedia entry Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan and Her Nancy Boys
Just Say "No" to Everything

Nancy Reagan and the Nancy Boys

Governor Jerry Brown Says "Yes" to the California Governor's Mansion

In December 2015, Governor Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, moved from a loft in downtown Sacramento into a renovated Governor's Mansion. When Jerry Brown's father, Pat Brown was governor of California, the senior Brown and his wife lived here.

During his first term as governor in the 1970s, the famously ascetic Jerry Brown lived in a small apartment and slept on a mattress on the floor. He walked to work or rode in a blue Plymouth rather than the official limousine.

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