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California Governor’s Mansion to close during renovation

The Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento.
The Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee

One of the smallest line items to get any attention in this year’s state budget was $2.5 million to renovate the historic governor’s mansion in downtown Sacramento.

The building, which has longstanding structural problems, will close to the public on New Year’s Day for upgrades to its plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, heating and air conditioning systems.

The state is painting and restoring floors inside the mansion, and it expects to re-open the building sometime next year.

“This is an important renovation that will preserve and protect the mansion for future generations, prevent future damage, and integrate upgrades that will better protect this historic structure,” the acting state parks director, Lisa Mangat, said in a prepared statement.

The mansion gets an average of 30,000 visitors a year, according to the state, but one is of particular interest – Jerry Brown.

The Democratic governor lived in an apartment when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983, and he and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, now split time between an upscale loft at 16th and J streets and their home in the Oakland hills.

The last governor to occupy the mansion was Ronald Reagan.

Brown celebrated election night at the historic mansion and will begin his fourth term in January.

As for whether he might be interested in moving in, spokesman Evan Westrup said in an e-mail that Brown has “no immediate plans.”

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.