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Restoring Texas governor's mansion put at $27M

Austin_The State Preservation Board is asking Texas lawmakers for $25 million to restore the Governor's Mansion after an arson fire, add a building wing and update security.

Republican Sen. Robert Duncan questioned how the project could be justified in tough times and said it seemed to involve more than restoration.

The board Tuesday estimated the overall cost at $27 million, with $2 million already raised in private funds.

Project manager Dealey Herndon said the restoration was complicated and the fire last summer damaged every part of the two-story Greek Revival house. No one has been charged for setting the fire.

The mansion has been the official home of every Texas governor, including Sam Houston and George W. Bush, since 1856.

April Castro, AP Writer © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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