California: Mr. Brown Builds a Dream House

The Victorian mansion that has been used by California Governors over the past 60 years looks something like a three-tiered wedding cake. But most of its tenants have had complaints. One of them. Governor Culbert Olson (1939-1943), fell through the crumbling front steps. The latest, Pat Brown, is awakened at dawn each day by trucks that rumble past the house and shake it to its ancient foundations. Brown is also slightly apprehensive about the coil of rope he must keep near his bed by order of state fire officials who say the mansion is a charming firetrap.

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