First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communication Office
First Lady Announces The Governor's Mansion Preservation Foundation Has Raised More Than $1 Million
FRANKFORT, Ky., Jan. 5 – First Lady Glenna Fletcher announced today that with the close of 2005, the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation has raised more than $1 million in private funds.
The funds will be used to help restore and preserve the Governor’s Mansion, which hosts more than 45,000 visitors each year.
"We’re extremely encouraged with the response we've received from fellow Kentuckians to help us preserve this historical treasure," Mrs. Fletcher said. "It’s wonderful to have so many people from around the state pulling together to restore the People’s House, ensuring future generations have the opportunity to visit this historical site."
The Governor’s Mansion is more than 90 years old, and it has been more than 20 years since the last renovation.
Former First Lady Judi Patton is also a strong supporter of First Lady Glenna Fletcher’s plan to preserve and restore the Governor’s Mansion. "I applaud the First Lady and her efforts to raise the much-needed funds to preserve the Governor’s Mansion. It’s vitally important that we preserve this significant piece of Kentucky history," Mrs. Patton said.
Work on the Governor’s Mansion will begin later this month. The Governor’s Mansion will be closed to the public off and on throughout the spring. Scheduled closings will be posted on the Mansion’s Web site http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/.
Kentucky’s Executive Mansion was designed by Kentuckians C.C. and E.A. Weber of Fort Thomas in 1912. Construction on the mansion was completed in 1914. Including Governor Fletcher and his family, 23 governors have lived in the mansion. It is one of only 10 Mid-American mansions regularly open to the public for tours.
For more information on the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation visit: www.preservethemansion.org