William Carson Mansion
he William Carson Mansion is the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps in the United States. Built in 1884 for $80,000 by lumber magnate William Carson to keep 100 of his workers employed during a slump in the timber industry, the mansion’s towers and turrets, columned porches, multiple gables and ornate gingerbread detail, as well as the amazing paint job, evoke the ideal of how a Victorian should look. The Carson Mansion is a fairy tale like structure of 18 rooms, 7 fireplaces, 3 floors and 16,000 square feet, with gables, turrets, cupolas, complex windows, porches and pillars. The second story balcony has wrought iron framework with the Masonic Order insignia (of which Carson was a member) combined with his initials, W.C.
Carson asked the Newsom Brothers, respected San Francisco architects, to design a family home that reflected his business success and social stature. The Newsoms responded with an design that combined many of the current styles including Italianate, Eastlake, Stick and Queen Anne. The mansion the built for Carson on a bluff overlooking his lumber mills and docks became the pride of Eureka, and set the trend for a period of highly ornate architecture in the North Coast city.
William Carson also had these same architects design the J. Milton Carson House, known as “The Pink Lady”, which he built across the street in 1889 as a wedding gift for his son.
The prominent location of the Carson Mansion and its impressive grounds provide a substantial “pedestal” for this home that rose above the city. This three-dimensional “pattern-book” took over one hundred men over two years to construct.
The influence of the Carson Mansion on the design of subsequent Eureka buildings is obvious 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, who own still today. As such, it is not available for public entry. The private club exists primarily to restore and maintain this incredible architectural gem. However, visitors are welcome to view the mansion and take photos from the sidewalk.
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Location: Location: 143 M St., Eureka, CA 95501 | William Carson Mansion Website | 0.3 mi from Hotel
Eureka California Major Attractions
There is more to California than LA and San Francisco. The state is extremely large and home to some of the most interesting little towns and natural scenery in the United States. Nestled in the Redwood forests not far from the Oregon border, you will find Eureka. It is a quaint little town that brings in a large number of visitors every year.
Eureka is a port city in Northern California. Its Historic Old Town district features elaborate Victorian houses such as the nearby Carson Mansion. Sequoia Park Zoo is home to pandas and primates, and features a walk-through aviary. Next to the zoo, Sequoia Park is home to massive old-growth redwood trees. Guided boat cruises aboard the early-1900s Madaket ferry take in the sights, seals and birdlife of Humboldt Bay. View Eureka California Major Attractions Guide.
Hotels In Eureka California: Town House Motel
The Town House Motel - Historic Old Town Eureka, is located on the scenic Northern California Coast, home to the world’s tallest redwood trees and miles of stunning coastline. Conveniently located in downtown Eureka, the The Eureka Town House Motel is near historic Old Town, a National Historic District possessing some of the most spectacular Victorian architecture in the nation. The Morris Graves Museum of Art is a few blocks away from the Motel. Humbolt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest contiguous redwood forest in the nation, is 40 miles to the south.
Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and wired internet; wall mounted flat-screen TVs with DISH satellite service and 9 HBO channels. Rooms are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. Covered parking is free and dogs are welcome – and ALL calls in the 48 US contiguous states are FREE (local, 1+ and 800).Town House Motel is rated for the best value in Eureka! Guests get more for their money when compared to other hotels in Eureka. As a result, we have been a top TripAdvisor hotel for years and work very hard to earn your trust and maintain that status. Take a few moments to read our Guest Reviews and see what others have to say.