Architecture in Sacramento

Every city has its own cultural identity that comes from the food, people and overall vibe. The California metro of Sacramento is known for its public art scene, which allows contemporary artists to thrive, as well as its complex history as a city developed during the Gold Rush. Due to a unique combination of influences, the city's architecture is a blend of old and new.

Real estate in Sacramento can vary from bungalows and ranches and to more detailed designs such as mission-style homes. However, more unique structures that help give the city an interesting flair and personality are located throughout the city.

Take a tour of Sacramento's statement structures
Check out the historic Governor's Mansion State Historic Park for an example of Victorian architecture in Sacramento. According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the house was built in 1877 for Albert and Clemenza Gallatin. Albert Clemenza was a prominent businessman in the community. In 1903, the State of California paid $32,500 for the building to use it as a home for California's first families. The property is outfitted with marble fireplaces, gold-framed mirrors from France and handcrafted hinges and doorknobs.

Other structures that contribute to the architectural culture of Sacramento include the Sacramento Masonic Temple, California State Capitol Museum and Tower Bridge.

Architecture festival held in Sacramento
The Central Valley Region Architecture Festival was held from October 12 to October 28, 2012. Sacramento Magazine reports that the purpose of the event is to open a community discussion about the evolving architectural identity of the city.

"Yes, architecture should be local. It should grow from a particular site. It should grow from the views that are there. It should grow from the orientation and context and everything about the particular place. That’s not possible when the design that’s being built wasn't thought through with that in mind. Architecture is about building for a particular place. It’s not about producing a design that could be built anywhere in the world, because that doesn’t make any sense," Maria Ogrydziak, president of the Central Valley chapter of The American Institute of Architects, told the news source.

Project tours, public forums, film screenings, lectures and family programs were all included in the event.

Potential homebuyers can check out the MLS listings in Sacramento to find a property that meets with their own style demands.