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    Leland Stanford MansionLeland Stanford Mansion Sacramento, California
    this unique mansion was once owned by Leland Stanford, the governor of the state from 1862 to 1863, then became a US senator from 1885 until 1893, and was a railroad tycoon, and leading member of the Big Four, as well as founding Stanford University; and the mansion would become a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The house had originally been constructed for local merchant, Shelton C. Fogus, who was a rich Sacramento building merchant, with the architect, Seth Babson designing the renaissance revival house. In 1861, rising star of the Republican party and president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Leland Stanford would buy the house for $8000, just before he would be elected to the governor's office, and while he was the governor, the mansion would serve as his executive office and living quarters, with the succeeding governors of Frederick Low and Henry Huntly Haight using it as well. During the two years of 1871 and 1872, the Stanford family would begin a massive remodeling of the house, and since Leland had to attend his inauguration in a row boat because of the flooded areas from the Sacramento River, he would raise the house another twelve feet above the ground. They would add another story on the bottom and the top, and expanded from 4000 square feet to 19,000 square feet and redesigned to look more like a French second empire architecture that had become very popular during that period. When Stanford passed on in 1893, his widow, Jane would continue to live there, and then in 1900, she donated the house to the Roman Catholic diocese of Sacramento so that it could become a home for the children of the state. It would be given to the Sisters of Mercy that ran the orphanage they called the Stanford and Lathrop Memorial Home for Friendless Children.

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    Governor's MansionGovernor's Mansion Sacramento, California
    the thirty room second Empire Italianate Victorian mansion was constructed in 1877 for local hardware merchant, Albert Gallatin, but the state would buy it in 1903 to become the governor's mansion, with George Pardee becoming the first governor to live there and Ronald Reagan would be the last, staying in the mansion only four months. There are many of the former governors furnishings still inside the awesome mansion in Sacramento, California, including Pardee's 1902 Steinway piano, Persian rugs purchased by Mrs. Earl Warren and velvet chairs and sofas that had been the property of Governor Hiram Johnson. Today, the state doesn't have an official residence for their governor, although there is a governor's residence in the suburb of Carmichael, that was finished just as Reagan was leaving office. Jerry Brown, who succeeded Reagan would refuse to live in the mansion, so the state sold it in 1982. Jerry, who had lived there when his father was governor, would live in a sparsely furnished bachelor pad during his first two terms as governor from 1975 to 1983, and when he was elected again in 2014, he chose to live in a 1450 square foot downtown loft. The mansion would be added to the list of National Register of Historical Places in 1970. The governor's mansion state historic park is one of the 48 state parks that were scheduled for closure in January 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; as part of his deficit reduction program.

March 29, 2014