Private Donors Make Preservation of California Landmark Possible

California State Parks and the Leland Stanford Mansion Foundation Unite to Preserve a Precious California Resource

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ — This spring, Sacramento’s newly renovated Stanford Mansion will soon resume the grandeur of its glory days, serving as California’s official address for state diplomatic and business receptions.

Located two blocks from the Capitol, at the corner of 8th and N Streets, the stately mansion will be known across the country and around the world as a defining backdrop for state events and as a premier tourist destination within California. The Mansion will be used for California’s official business and is open for public tours. The Governor and members of the Legislature will utilize the Mansion to conduct important discussions regarding economic growth and business development in the state of California and to entertain visiting heads of state.

The near-completion of the $20 million dollar renovation represents the importance of private/public partnership in today’s economy. Rehabilitation of the 160-year-old, 19,000 square foot home is the result of a successful collaboration between California State Parks and the Leland Stanford Mansion Foundation. This effort was fueled by the State’s need for an official place, outside of the Capitol, to conduct California’s official business.

Officially known as Leland Stanford State Historic Park, the Mansion is a model of shared responsibility that demonstrates an effective public/private collaboration that saved and rehabilitated a state historic jewel. The partnership combined functions for an efficient use of funds, created a historic setting for shaping California’s future and offers an opportunity for the public to view California’s legacy.

While much of the Foundation’s fundraising goals were attained, funds for final renovations, room sponsorship and the Mansion’s introduction must still be raised, and there are still opportunities to donate and become a named donor.

Following is a list of the most generous donors to date.

— The Annenberg Foundation
— Bank of America Foundation
— S. D. Bechtel, Jr., Foundation
— Dr. Peter & Helen Bing
— Chevron Corporation
— GenCorp Foundation
— Rosemary & William Hewlett
— Amb. & Mrs. L.W. “Bill” Lane
— Melvin B. Lane
— James & Becky Morgan
— Pacific Gas & Electric
— David & Lucile Packard
— Pacific Life Foundation
— The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
— Santa Fe Pacific Corporation
— SBC (Pacific Bell Foundation)
— The Setzer Foundation
— Allan R. Stanford
— Union Pacific Corporation

The four story Victorian Mansion is expected to officially open to the public in late spring, 2005. The Mansion is expected to draw additional visitors to Sacramento and contribute to local tourism. The Mansion has special historical and architectural significance. It served as the office of three governors during California’s early years, including Leland Stanford, Fredrick Low and Henry Haight. It was also the site of California’s first presidential visit by Rutherford B. Hayes and General Sherman in the late 1800s.

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