Downtown:
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Listed Name... Anton Wagner Duplex
AKA... Property at 701 E Street
Architectural Style... Not listed
Owned by... Private Owner
Was used as... Business/Warehouse/Dwelling
Now used as... Offices

Link to Downtown Map

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Listed Name... Charles Lais House
AKA... Berglund House
Architectural Style...Queen Anne
Owned by...Private Owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Offices

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Van Voorhies Van Voorhies House
 

Listed Name... Van Voorhies House
Architectural Style... Italianate
Architect or Builder... Charles Cate
Notable Owner... Albert A. Van Voorhies
Now owned by...Private Owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Offices

A. A. Van Voorhies was a prominent businessman who helped turn Sacramento into a thriving city at the end of the 19th Century. His grand wholesale harness and saddlery factory was once located at 3rd and J Street but, sadly, was replaced by a freeway.

A capture of his company's illustrated catalog can be found HERE.

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Listed Name... Mesick House
AKA... Pendergast House
Architectural Style... Italianate, Second Empire
Architect or Builder... Nathaniel Goodell
Approx Year Built...1894
Owned by...Private Owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Dwelling/Offices (although listed as vacant)

Nathaniel Goodell was also the architect of the Sacramento Govenor's Mansion and he was hired to renovate the Leland Stanford House on 8th and N Streets in the popular Second Empire style. He built the Heilbron House too.

 

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Listed Name... Julius Wetzlar House
Architectural Style... Italianate
Owned by...Private Owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Dwelling/Offices

 

 

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Listed Name... Heilbron House
Architectural Style...Italianate, Other
Architect or Builder...Nathaniel Goodell
Owned by...Private Owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Offices

Also designed by Goodell, Heilbron House is an oasis in a sea of cement as it is literally surrounded by parking lots, streets, and hideous government buildings. The first owner, August Heilbron, was a German grocer who spent 10,000 dollars in 1881 to build this gorgeous home just a block away from that of the famous railroad baron Leland Stanford. The California State Department of Parks and Recreation currently own the house, but it is in dire need of refurbishment and there are questions about whether parks and rec have the funding for such a huge project. Recently there has been talk of moving the house closer to the Leland Stanford mansion to make way for a new State office complex. Personally, I hate to see such a huge part of Sacramento history uprooted and moved to a more convenient location...

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Listed Name...Stanford-Lathrop House
AKA...Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Architectural Style...Second Empire
Architect or Builder...Seth Babson, Nathaniel Goodell
Owned by...State of CA
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Museum/Park

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Listed Name...Crocker, E.B., Art Gallery
AKA...Crocker Art Museum
Architectural Style...Italianate, other
Architect or Builder...Seth Babson
Owned by...City of Sacramento
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Museum

The interesting thing about the Crocker Art Museum is that E.B. Crocker intentionally built an art gallery next to his house. A whole building. In addition to the art gallery, he included a bowling alley, skating rink, billiards room, and natural history museum (like you do). I volunteered a few times at the Crocker but never had the presence of mind to ask "Where's the bowling alley?" Next time I'm there, I may have to put some poor docent to work showing me all the former bits and pieces. They have broken ground on the modern expansion building which on one hand will enable the museum to bring display some really great works that they've kept hidden in storage, but on the other hand will be, well, modern.

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Listed Name...J. Neeley Johnson House
Architectural Style...Greek Revival
Owned by...Listed as vacant, but private owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Dwelling

This glorious house was finished in 1856 for then Governor J. Neeley Johson. At 30, Johnson was the youngest Governor of CA to date and a member of the "Know-Nothin" political party. This nativist American party was against the influx of immigrants (esp. Irish) into the U.S. and their meetings were so secretive, members replied "I know nothing" when quizzed about the organization. Perhaps even more interesting was that the house was a one time residence of Judge David S. Terry of the infamous Broderick-Terry duel of 1859. A surprisingly good account of that duel can be found at the Anchor Steam web site here. According to the archives, this house was in ruin at one point and then rebuilt? Maybe somebody out there can email us with the details.

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Governors Mansion

Listed Name...California Governor's Mansion
Architectural Style...Second Empire
Architect or Builder..Nathaniel Goodell
Owned by...CA Parks
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Museum

The Governor’s Mansion was orginally the Gallatin mansion, named for the original owners Albert and Clemenza Gallatin who hired famed architect Nathaniel Goodell to build the house in 1877. Goodell was also responsible for the gorgeous Heilbron and Mesick houses. Albert Gallatin was one of the partners in Huntington & Hopkins & Company, a hardware store orginally located on K Street but torn down to make way for I5. The store was rebuilt in Old Sacramento in the 1970s as a replica.

The Governor’s Mansion has been home to many illustrious state Governors, including the Warrens and the Browns. It used to be that you could see the old fashioned tub where someone (supposedly Kathleen Brown) painted red toenails on the claw feet… not sure if you still can.

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