Proposal for Addition to Governor's Mansion Withdrawn

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Proposal for Addition to Governor's Mansion Withdrawn

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Arson is suspected in a fire that swept through the historic Texas Governor's Mansion in June 2008 and left much of the 152-year-old home charred and severely damaged.

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The plan to build an addition to the Texas Governor's Mansion, which has drawn criticism, is now apparently off the table.

John Sneed, executive director of the State Preservation Board, issued a written statement on Friday night saying the proposal "has been withdrawn from further consideration."

Historic preservationists have told Gov. Rick Perry that they object to a renovation plan for the fire-ravaged governor's mansion because a proposed new building on the property would be an "unsightly appendage" causing visitors to gasp in disapproval.

The $26 million renovation is under way but far from complete.

Sneed's statement says the preservation board and the historical commission share a commitment to preserve the architecture, aesthetics and functionality of the home, which has housed every Texas governor since 1856. It was severely damaged by a suspected arson fire in 2008.

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