Governor’s Mansion

Governor's Mansion Exterior

Credit: Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

Treat your student group to a fascinating walk through time! Step onto the lush grounds which courted California's First Families for 64 years.

The executive mansion, originally built in 1877 for local hardware merchant Albert Gallatin and his wife Clemenza, was purchased for $32,500 by the State of California in 1903. Resplendent in the manner of the day with such finery as Italian marble fireplaces, ornate French gilt-framed mirrors and exquisitely handcrafted hardware, the 30-room Second Empire-Italianate Victorian mansion was suitably impressive. It was, furthermore, conveniently located and comfortable. Select furnishings remain, left behind by important occupants over the decades, including Governor George Pardee’s regal 1902 Steinway piano, authentic Persian rugs acquired by Mrs. Earl Warren and plush velvet sofas and chairs belonging to Governor Hiram Johnson, all contributing to the home’s grand, if eclectic ambiance.

The stately old residence has undergone a series of renovations and remains unoccupied since the Reagans moved on to the White House. Today, it is primarily used as a venue for state and public functions as well as educational group tours.