SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – You are one key turn away from renting out the governor’s mansion.

California State Parks has a new strategy in order to keep the doors open in this economy.

Built in 1877, the historical masterpiece could soon be the setting for your next private party or any special occasion.

“One of the ways we are raising the funds is we are expanding our ability to utilize the grounds by allowing it to be rented for special events, for weddings, receptions, so it will enhance the financial flow, to keep the mansion operational,” said Al Howenstein.

With over 14,000 square feet, the mansion is known for its marble fireplaces, gorgeous formal dining room, spiral staircase, newly renovated pool, and so much more. It’s what some would say is the perfect place to throw a party.

“Each of the rooms has a piece of history of the governor’s and their families that resided here. They would have the opportunity of this whole Victorian environment as well as this historic site,” said Howenstein.

So what does this cost? It’s $1,500 to several thousand dollars for any special event. You might think it’s a little pricey, but remember you get to spend time in a historical site.

The home housed 13 of the states former governors and is currently open for museum tours.

California State Parks says making the mansion possible for rent will not only raise money for the state but it will allow the mansion to continue serving the people of California.

“Through the foundation, we will be able to pay the state to the cost of running and staffing the mansion through the fiscal year,” said Howenstein.

In a home where Ronald Reagan and his two children resided, among the many, the beautiful grounds will have you going back in time with every step you take.


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