The public gets its first chance this week to the see the newly restored Texas Governor's Mansion.
The Governorâ€™s Mansion began public tours on Tuesday, nearly a year after Gov. and Mrs. Perry returned to the home last summer. Anita Perry remarked on the first public tours and posted a couple of photos on her blog.
The Governorâ€™s Mansion first opened as home to Texasâ€™ top elected official in 1856. The Perrys moved out of the mansion in 2007 to make way for an extensive maintenance project. While that project was taking place, arsonists set fire to the mansion on June 8, 2008, gutting the building.
Shortly thereafter, the restoration project commenced, backed by a $21.5 million appropriation from the Texas Legislature. The project included the re-creation of the "X-and-Stick" porch railings, the ionic columns on the front porch, and the restoration of all historic rooms to their pre-fire appearance.
Tours are available Tuesdays through Thursdays, and require one-week advance reservations.