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The Mansion as it appeared in the 1880s, before it became California's Executive Mansion.
Photo circa 1880s. The Gallatin House at the time, can be seen with a gazebo.
Main house was painted light gray with olive green and light olive green trim.
The gazebo, or Summer House, was torn down in the 1920s.
Photo courtesy of the California State Library.

In 1970 the California Governor's Mansion (built 1877-1878) was listed in the National Register by the National Park Service.  Aside from being California's Executive Mansion, the National Register significance of the mansion is a compliment to the achievements of Albert Gallatin, who was involved with two nationally significant events.

Albert Gallatin was a partner and president of the Huntington Hopkins Hardware Store, which at the time was the largest of its kind on the Pacific Coast supplying the Central Pacific Railroad.  Horatio P. Livermore a local business man convinced Gallatin to find financial assistance for the development and construction of a hydro-electric plant. Gallatin did find investors to underwrite the project. The efforts were successful and the 3-phase, alternating current, long distance, commercial power plant at the Folsom Powerhouse went on line in 1895,  just a few months before Niagara Falls. (Lee, R., State Parks Interpreter I )

National Register Listing Information:


Sacramento. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S MANSION, 16th and H Sts., 1877-1878, Nathaniel D. Goodell, architect. Frame, clapboarding; 3 stories, modified rectangle, mansard roof, interior chimneys, elaborate round arched dormers, bracketed cornice, square entrance tower with semicircular porch, rectangular and round arched windows, decorative panels, rear wing added. Rear carriage house. Second Empire. Served as state’s executive mansion from 1903 to 1967. State :HABS   Register ID Number: 70000139


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