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Stanford Mansion Opens To Public

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

from The OC Register

SACRAMENTO –The Leland Stanford Mansion opened to the public Friday, after a $22 million makeover.

“It just shows that in California, even a mansion can get a face-lift,” quipped Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who attended the opening ceremony.

Leland Stanford – railroad baron, former governor and founder of Stanford University – bought the then-4,000- square-foot Victorian house in 1861. Two subsequent governors also lived in the mansion.

In 1871, Stanford renovated the house, expanding it to the current 19,000-square-foot size to accommodate his growing family and use the house for receptions and other official duties. It was sold to the state in the 1950s and then transferred to the Parks Department in 1978. In 1991, a foundation formed to restore the mansion.

It will function as a museum run by the state parks system and as a venue for the governor’s diplomatic functions.

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