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Carson Mansion, Eureka

One of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps in the United States, the William Carson Mansion epitomizes the range of possibilities for eclectic design expression that created a peculiarly American style of architecture.

Derived from many sources, but unique enough to represent none predominately, this much discussed and debated property stands today in virtually the same condition as when first constructed.  The designers, Samuel and Joseph Newsom, were well respected San Francisco architects who heartily embraced the concept of the “picturesque”, a quality that continues to fascinate all who see the Carson Mansion’s intricately composed interiors and exteriors.

Prominently sited [143 M Street], the extensive grounds provide a substantial pedestal for this sculptured edifice.  Eye-seeking and shadow-producing surfaces showcase the use of wood as a building material. This three-dimensional “pattern-book” took over one hundred men over two years to construct.  Its influence on the design of subsequent buildings in Eureka is readily apparent even today.  In addition to the abundant use of redwood, Mr. Carson imported 97,000 feet of primavera or “white mahogany” from Central America, along with other woods and onyx from the Philippines, East India, and Mexico.  The elaborate interiors include stained glass, plasterwork, and carved ornaments in exotic woods.

The Carson Mansion was owned by the descendents of William Carson until 1950, when it was sold to the Ingomar Club.

— From Eureka: An Architectural View


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Avenue of the Giants
Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City
Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center
Carson Falls Hike
Carson Mansion, Eureka
Charles M Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
Hike & Climb in Bodega Bay
Historic Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
Mill Tour and Museum, Scotia
Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa
Petrified Forest, Calistoga
Redwoods National Park, Crescent City
Roosevelt Elk, Orick
Roots of Motive Power, Willits
Safari West, Santa Rosa
Salmon Spawning Tours, Redwood Nat’l Park
Samoa Cookhouse, Eureka
Six Rivers National Forest
Skunk Train, Fort Bragg
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Trees of Mystery, Klamath
Trinidad Bay Charters, Trinidad
Victorian Homes in Ferndale

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