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First Family Moves Into California Governor's Mansion



For the first time in nearly 50 years, a California governor is living in the historic Governor’s Mansion just blocks from the state Capitol. Jerry Brown moved in after returning from Paris late last week.

The home, at the corner of 16th and H streets in midtown Sacramento, was built in 1877. But it hasn’t been occupied since 1967, when Ronald Reagan moved out. It’s been open for public tours as part of the State Parks system.

Now, after a year-long renovation, it’s home to Governor Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown – and yes, First Dogs Sutter and Colusa.

“The facility is on the National Registry of Historic Places, so we wanted to make sure we maintained the cultural elements that make it unique,” says Brian Ferguson with the California Department of General Services.

He says the $4.6-million renovation balanced history with modern safety – and Governor Brown’s focus on energy efficiency.

“There’s solar panels on the roof; there’s an electric vehicle charger in the driveway,” Ferguson says. 

The mansion also got new flooring, electrical and plumbing work.

Correction: Our original story and audio incorrectly stated that Ronald Reagan moved out of the Governor's Mansion to a new home in Carmichael. In fact, Gov. Reagan began building the Carmichael home but it wasn't completed until after he left office. He spent his years as governor living in a home in the East Sacramento neighborhood. We regret the error.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio