First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
Governor's Mansion Preservation Foundation Raises Nearly $1.5 Million in Private Donations

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 28, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- First Lady Glenna Fletcher today announced the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation has raised nearly $1.5 million in private donations in the 15 months since the foundation was incorporated.

“I’m proud to report that, to date, the Foundation has raised over $1,488,000 through the generous donations of hundreds of individuals with donations ranging from $10 to $35,000,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “I’m quite proud of that.”

The project, which is estimated to cost a combined $5 million in both public and private funds, is nearing completion of the first phase, which includes the replacement of the aging HVAC system. The replacement of this system will improve the interior temperature and humidity control, which has taken a toll on the artifacts and finishes of the mansion, as well as reduce energy costs.

The next phase of the project will focus on the repair and replacement of the windows and doors.

The First Lady said the project is right on schedule. To date, the state has appropriated approximately $1.4 million toward the project. That, along with the nearly $1.5 million donated privately, makes up just over half the total estimated cost of the project.

“Saving the historic integrity of the mansion is the primary consideration,” said the First Lady. “Our plan is to use and repair the existing frame and replace them if necessary.”

The HVAC and window and door replacement will be paid by state fund appropriated by the General Assembly.

The next phase of the restoration will focus solely on the first floor, the public area of the mansion, which welcomes between 12,000 and 15,000 visitors each year.

Crumbling plaster and its decorative details will be restored, hardwood floors will be refinished, fragile draperies will be replaced and worn furniture will be repaired or replaced. The estimated $250,000 cost will be paid for with funds raised by the foundation. This phase is projected to be completed by Spring 2007.

Exterior renovations to the mansion include the demolition and repair of the rear patio, which suffers from sunken concrete and collapsed drain pipes. The estimated $100,000 for this portion of the project will be paid with state funds. The replacement of pavers and other cosmetic improvements to the patio, which are expected to cost around $60,000 will be paid by the foundation. The patio repairs and improvements should be completed by the end of the year.

Future phases of the project are dependent upon funds available and will included service floor renovations and finally residence level renovations.

“The first priority of this project is on the public areas of the mansion,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “All due diligence will be done to ensure that the mansion is open to the public as much as is feasible and safe for visitors.”

Visitors should check with the Capitol tour desk on the tour availability at capitoltourdesk@ky.gov.

Updated information on the restoration of the mansion and donation information is available at www.preservethemansion.org or www.governorsmansion.ky.gov.

“We could never afford to rebuild the mansion, just like we could never afford to rebuild our beautiful Capitol building,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “We need to take care of these treasurers on a continuing basis.”


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