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gsriley1



Joined: 03 Jun 2007
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Location: Beaumont, TX

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:19 pm    Post subject: A monstrous act Reply with quote

Friends,
Those of us in TX historic preservation circles are in mourning. Early Sunday morning the 1856 Texas Governors Mansion was basically gutted by fire.

The 150 year old symbol of Texas pride was undergoing a $10,000,000 renovation which would have included installation of a fire supression system. Other than the Alamo there is no more visible symbol of Texas history and pride.

The Texas legislature has always been stingy about appropriating funds for historic preservation in general, and the Texas Governors Mansion in particular. It is unknown at this moment how much (if any) of the structure can be saved, or if funds to do so will be made available.

This was apparently an act of arson. I have suggested to my friends at Texas Historical Commission that a bill be introduced that makes the punishment for willful destruction of historic sites punishable by a mandatory sentence of not less than 25 years.

I will post more information as it becomes available.

You might want to read this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25044757/
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johnleeke
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update and your views on this tragic episode.
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jade



Joined: 11 Feb 2005
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Location: Hawley MA

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i heard a brief report on my local npr station...

i can only imagine if the state was spending that kind of money that the effort was long overdue and folks like you must have been overjoyed at the prospect of such a preservation project...i hope that indeed at least some of the structure can be salvaged and that the funding can be put towards the building.....

my heartfelt condolences.....

...jade
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