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Reconstruction of Texas Governor's Mansion Complete

After 5 years, renovation and reconstruction complete

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    The historic Texas Governor's Mansion is shown early Sunday, June 8, 2008, in Austin, Texas, after a fire swept through it earlier in the morning.

    Gov. Rick Perry is giving a tour of the recently rebuilt Texas Governor's Mansion after five years of renovation and reconstruction.

    Perry and his wife Anita are scheduled to show the media around the building in downtown Austin on Wednesday.

    Perry's family moved out in 2007 for a $10 million renovation project to upgrade mechanical systems, including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, plumbing and wiring.

    The mansion was severely damaged in June 2008 when police say a person threw a Molotov cocktail that landed near the front door and ignited the building. Parts of the roof collapsed, and the majestic columns at the front of the mansion were charred. No one was injured.

    Part of the restoration project focused on enhancing security, including installing a new surveillance system.