As you can tell by this picture, the damage to the Mansion by arson was extensive. Fortunately all the valuable items from the Mansion had been moved into storage with the renovation under way. There was no one in residence at the time of the arson fire as the Perry's had already moved out for the renovation.
Governor and Mrs. Perry will be moving back into the Governor's Mansion near the end of July. The Governor's Mansion stands as a proud symbol of the Great State of Texas.
Historic Furnishings Begin Move Back to Governor’s Mansion as Project Nears Completion
The Governor's Mansion Collection is composed of historic state-owned pieces that have been in the Governor's Mansion and museum-quality American antiques dating back to the earliest years of the state's history, including the bed used by Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin's writing desk and portraits of Gov. and Mrs. Pease, who was in office when the Governor's Mansion was built in 1856. The collection also includes the Governors' Memento Collection, a tradition started in the l960s by Texas First Lady Jean Houston Daniel. Additionally, last week, historic large chandeliers were installed throughout the first floor.
What began as a deferred maintenance project of the Governor's Mansion in October 2007 became a major restoration effort following a massive fire set by an unidentified arsonist in June 2008. The restoration has been made possible by nearly $3.5 million in private donations and a $21.5 million appropriation by the Texas Legislature.
No arrest has been made in the arson case at this time. The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist. Anyone with information related to the Texas Governor's Mansion arson is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 252-TIPS (8477) or the State Fire Marshal's Arson Hotline at (988) 252-8477.
For more information about the status of the Governor's Mansion Restoration, please contact the State Preservation Board at (512) 463-5495.
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