Light Up the Night at the Governor's Mansion
‘Tis the season to give thanks for hanging out with the Governor in his childhood home!
Last month, GOTG had the incredible honor of attending the Governor’s “Light Up the Night” event at the 16 and H Street Mansion (Facebook).
California State Parks and the California State Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation held a special unveiling of the completion of the third floor restoration project, the installation of a state-of-the-art outdoor lighting system and a new environmentally-friendly irrigation system for the Mansion gardens. Guests dined on yummy snacks and libations provided by a few neighborhood restaurants including Coyote Tap House, Melting Pot, Lucca and Frank Fat’s.
Honored guest Governor Jerry Brown was there to officially “light up the night” by flipping the switch to the new lighting system which consists of 110 LED lights that- for the first time-will illuminate the Mansion, Carriage House and the grounds at night! If you’re familiar with the mansion, you know that these lights are a great addition in order for passersby to get a better look at the historical monument in the dark.
In addition to the awesome lighting system and breathtaking restored third floor, an environmentally-friendly and low-flow irrigation system was donated by a number of involved local companies which will improve the landscaping and help conserve the natural resources.
If you have family/friends in town – this is a great stop on your Tour ‘de Sacramento. It doesn’t take long to tour the house and grounds, and there’s plenty of local coffee shops and restaurants in the vicinity. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids and free for kids 5 and under. Receive a guided tour every hour (on the hour) Weds-Sunday from 10am-5pm. For more information, please visit here.
Special thanks to…
- Gov. Jerry Brown
- California State Parks and the California State Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation
- Sacramento Historic Sites Association
- Governor’s Mansion docents
- Michael Sestak, of Sestak Lighting Design
- Andy Thomas of Viewpoint Lighting
- Scott Sissom of Elegant Outdoor Lighting
- Sacramento Chapter Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals
*Working through the Sacramento Historic Sites Association, a State Parks Cooperating Association, a devoted group of Governor’s Mansion docents worked diligently for the past 30 years to raise the needed $100,000 in funds.