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Missouri Governor's Mansion in need of repairs

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By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and First Lady Melanie want lawmakers to spend approximately $3.1 million on needed repairs to the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City.

It needs a new roof, a new heating and cooling system, and interior structural work. Plus, there is rotted wood, deteriorating plaster, sun damage, and various other forms of damage and aging.

Mary Pat Abele is Executive Director of the group Missouri Mansion Preservation.

"The windows are so rotted that they need to be restored, and some of the wood (doesn't) even hold the window panes...we've had several of the window panes actually fall out of the windows," Abele said.

If approved, the renovation costs would be added to the 2009 state budget.

"And then privately, Missouri Mansion Preservation will be looking at raising probably close to $2 million to take care of interior needs: Window treatments, carpeting, upholstery, wall treatments that have deteriorated over the years," Abele said.

The plan is to have all the work finished in time for the next governor and his or her family to move in next year.

The Governor's Mansion was built in 1871, two blocks east of the State Capitol on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.

It cost $75,000 to build, and the workforce included prison inmates from the nearby state penitentiary.

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