Bidwell Mansion

  • Also Known As: Rancho Chico and Bidwell Adobe

  • Address: 525 Esplanade
  • Phone: (916) 895-6144
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The 26000-acre Rancho Chico was purchased in 1845-50 by John Bidwell. In 1865 he began construction of the mansion, which in time became the social and cultural center of the upper Sacramento Valley. It was through his advancement of agriculture, however, that Bidwell made his greatest contribution. Plants from all over the world were introduced to Rancho Chico to open the door to California's present agricultural treasure house. - CA State Parks

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1845/00/00 John Bidwell Significant name John Bidwell buys Rancho Chico, 1845-1850
1865/00/00 Henry W Cleaveland Architect Construction begins on Bidwell Mansion
1865/00/00 John Bidwell Home
1870/00/00 Annie Kennedy Bidwell Home Annie Bidwell's home, 1868-1918

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Particulars for Bidwell Mansion:
Area of Significance Agriculture
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Higher Learning College
Area of Significance Education
Criteria Historic Event
Protected Attribute Historic Park
Architectural Style Italianate
Building Type Mansion
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Historic Use School
Historic Use Single dwelling
Owner State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 24th March 1972

Registry Name: Bidwell Mansion
Registry Address: Sowillenno Ave.
Registry Number: 72000216
Resource Type: Building
Owner: State
Architect: Clearland,Henry W.
Architectural Style: Italianate
Area in Acres: 5
Contributing Buildings: 3
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Education, Politics-government, Architecture, Agriculture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899
Significant Year: c 1865, 1919, 1921
Associated People: Bidwell,John,et al.
Historic Function: Education, Domestic, Religion
Historic Sub-Function: College, Single dwelling, School
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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