California Governor's Mansion
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Address: 1526 H Street, Sacramento, California.
The State of California purchased the house from Joseph Steffens, a local businessman and father of the famous journalist and author Lincoln Steffens, in 1903 for $32,500. The Victorian was then already somewhat out of style, but the house was suitably impressive, conveniently located, and comfortable. A small wing was added to the house and the Governor's Office and the home was furnished, bringing the total cost to $56,000.