Historic California Governor's Mansion by Barbara  Brown

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The historic Victorian mansion was built in 1877 for Albert and Clemenza Gallatin and was purchased by the state of California to use for the state’s first families in 1903. Thirteen governors resided in the house over 64 years including Earl Warren and Pat Brown. It was made a State Historic Landmark in 1967. When Ronald Reagan became governor, they resided in the house for 3 months when Mrs Reagan declared it a fire trap and moved the family to a suburb. They commissioned a new Governor’s mansion further away along the American River. This mansion was completed about the time of Reagan’s final days in office and the new governor, Jerry Brown refused to live there. No governor ever lived in the house and it was sold in 1982. There has been no official governor’s residence since that time.

Barbara Brown is a mental health professional and an avid photographer. She lives in northern California and enjoys nature and all types of photography.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Superbly captured beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Julie!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™almost 2 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thank you so much Chris!

    – Barbara Brown

  • cindy50
    cindy50almost 2 years ago

    Great capture of this historic building!

  • Thank you so much Jacqui!

    – Barbara Brown

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Houses built in this style and time had even more character inside than out, although typically more subdued and masculine. Lots of gorgeous dark wood, parlor and living room opposite one another, at the front, dining at the back, incredibly handsome staircases. I imagine the inside of this one is as interesting as the outside. Thanks for showing this, Barbara. It’s a wonderful slice of California history.

  • Thank you Fran and, yes it is just as you described. I do have some interior pictures I will post. The stairway is wonderful and the marble fireplaces are gorgeous. Of course the kitchen is updated, a very modern 50"s kitchen! :)

    – Barbara Brown

  • linaji
    linaji8 months ago

    would love your work in our Northern California Group – Spectacular!

  • Thank you my friend. Done!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Keala
    Kealaabout 1 month ago

    Winner of Historic Homes Challenge!

  • Ludwig Wagner
    Ludwig Wagnerabout 1 month ago

    Please consider entering your wonderful challenge-winning image into the latest Prima Challenge. Don¹t forget to add it to the group too! :-)

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