Gable Mansion

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Gable Mansion
Gable Mansion.JPG
The face of the house as seen from the street
Location 659 First Street, Woodland, California
Coordinates 38°40′21.16″N 121°46′22.29″W / 38.6725444°N 121.7728583°W / 38.6725444; -121.7728583Coordinates: 38°40′21.16″N 121°46′22.29″W / 38.6725444°N 121.7728583°W / 38.6725444; -121.7728583
Built 1885
Architectural style(s) Victorian Italianate
Governing body private
Designated 1973[1]
Reference no. 864

The Gable Mansion is a historic mansion in Woodland, California, listed as a California Historical Landmark, that was built in 1885 for Amos and Harvey Gable, two Yolo County pioneers and ranchers.[1]


Located at 659 First Street, the Gable brothers, Amos W. and Harvey C. Gable, had the home designed and built for them by Edward Carlton "Carl" Gilbert, the owner of the Woodland firm "Gilbert & Sons", for the sum of $16,000. The home was designed as a fine example of Victorian architecture.[2] It has been described as a "Stick Vernacular" style home, that is, "a locally unique variant of the Stick style of Victorian architecture in vogue in the 1880s."[3]

Gilbert published some of the plans he drew up for the Gable Mansion in California Architect and Building News, a trade journal of the American Institute of Architects' San Francisco chapter. An elevation and the first floor plan of the Gable Mansion was published in October 1887's edition of the CABN that showed similarities with another home previously published several years earlier.[2]

The first floor plan of the Gable Mansion includes a central "stair hall" that has a curved stairway visible from the front entrance outside the home. The second story has several bedrooms and (although rumored to be a ballroom) the third story was an attic. It has since been remodeled into a living space.[2]

During the 1970s and 1980s many Woodland residents began to restore historic residences south of Main Street.[4] In 1972 the Gable Mansion was among these homes as Robert McWhirk purchased the property from the Gable estate and spent twenty years rehabilitating it.[2] Today, it is a California State Landmark for being an example of 19th-century Victorian Italianate architecture and for being "one of the last of its style, size, and proportion in California".[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Gable Mansion". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wilkinson, David. "Edward Carlton Gilbert". Crafting a Valley Jewel: Architects and Builders of Woodland. Woodland, CA: Yolo County Historical Society. pp. 40–41. ISBN 1-892626-06-3. 
  3. ^ Wilkinson, David (ed.). Explore Historic Woodland. The City of Woodland. pp. 102–103. The eminent art historian and former U.C. Davis Art History Professor, Joseph Baird, described the Gable Mansion as an outstanding example of "Stick Vernacular" architecture, meaning a locally unique variant of the Stick style of Victorian architecture in vogue in the 1880s. 
  4. ^ Walters, Shipley (1995). "The Modern City". Woodland: City of Trees. Woodland, California: Yolo County Historic Society. p. 125.