Governor, wife, dogs to live in official mansion

The governor's mansion, now a state historical park, in downtown Sacramento at 16th and H Streets. (Photo: Kensly, Google Earth)

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“Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The governor, first lady, Sutter and Colusa intend to move in soon thereafter,” Brown spokesman Evan Westrup wrote in an email. Sutter and Colusa are the couple’s dogs. The story was first reported in the Sacramento Bee.

After a four-month stint at the mansion, Nancy Reagan called it a “noisy firetrap” and she and Ronald hastily fled in 1967 for leafy East Sacramento

No governor has inhabited the residence in 48 years.

California’s iconic 138-year-old governor’s mansion is located at busy 16th and H streets, less than a mile from the Capitol.

Local businessman Joe Steffens lived there in the 19th century with his family, including son Lincoln Steffens, later renowned as a muckraking journalist. The state acquired the home in 1903 for $32,500, or about $800,000 in today’s money.

The gleaming white, 30-room home – a State Historical Park – has been shuttered for months for renovations and repairs. The mansion is about four blocks from the loft where the governor currently lives. The home “has been in need of repair to comply with fire and safety codes,” Westrup wrote earlier.

The renovation will provide the state with an official residence for its chief executive for the first time since 1967, and protect the historic mansion for future generations, the state said.

During the five decades after Gov. Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy refused to live there – after a four-month stint, she called it a “noisy firetrap” and they hastily fled in 1967 for leafy East Sacramento – a succession of governors shunned the home.

The last governor to inhabit the mansion for his full tenure was Gov. Pat Brown, Jerry Brown’s father.

Govs. Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – all stayed elsewhere.

Brown, first elected in 1974 and then a bachelor, took a 1,450-square foot apartment at 1400 N Street across from Capitol Park, while Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis lived in a sprawling, ranch-style home east of the city. Schwarzenegger kept a suite at the Hyatt Regency on L Street across from the Capitol.

Earl Warren, his wife and six children lived there, and that was his address until he was appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In all, 13 California governors used the Victorian mansion as their official residence.

The last governor to inhabit the mansion for his full tenure was Gov. Pat Brown, Jerry Brown’s father, who walked across H Street in his robe each morning to swim in the Mansion Inn pool. The Mansion Inn is long gone, and its successor, the Clarion, closed three years ago. But the intersection is busy: 16th street is a major commute corridor and H Street, which runs east and west, is clogged at rush hour with cars streaming some 50 feet from the front door and only a few feet from the main gate.

Nearby is a Hollywood Inn Express motel, and a block away is a Goodwill Industries express pickup.

Ed’s Note: Includes background material from a July 2 Capitol Weekly story on the governor’s mansion.


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