Tribpedia: Governor's Mansion Fire

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The iconic Texas Governor's Mansion was nearly demolished by fire in June 2008 after an arsonist hurled a Molotov cocktail at the front door. 

The mansion, which was built in 1856 and housed every governor from Sam Houston to George W. Bush, was undergoing renovations at the time of the blaze, including the installation of a fire sprinkler system ...

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Historic Governor's Mansion to Be Tweaked for Abbott

The Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas.
The Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas.

The first Texas governor to use a wheelchair will soon move into a governor’s mansion built 134 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act required accessibility for the disabled. But thanks to an arsonist’s Molotov cocktail, the 1856 mansion needs only minor fixes before the January arrival of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott.

DPS chief Steve McCraw, r, Ken Armbrister, l, and Brandy Marty of the Governor's Office announce the access policy change to the Governor's Mansion on March 5, 2013.
DPS chief Steve McCraw, r, Ken Armbrister, l, and Brandy Marty of the Governor's Office announce the access policy change to the Governor's Mansion on March 5, 2013.

DPS Changes Security Policy at Governor's Mansion

Calling the old policy "stupid," the head of the Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that congressional and state elected officials will no longer have to endure a background check to access the Governor's Mansion.

July 18th , 2012: Gov. Rick Perry announces that Texas Governor's Mansion has been fully restored.
July 18th , 2012: Gov. Rick Perry announces that Texas Governor's Mansion has been fully restored.

After Arson, Governor's Mansion Restoration is Complete

Four years after an arsonist nearly burned down the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, stood a few feet from its iconic front porch and announced Wednesday that a painstaking restoration of the 156-year-old structure is complete.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/18/12

Aguilar on the aftermath of changes in U.S. immigration policy, Batheja on how the Republican candidates for Senate are handling that sensitive issue, KUT's Philpott on new driver's license laws and immigration, M. Smith on racial tensions and an ousted police chief in Jasper, Galbraith on the state's efforts to limit electric service blackouts, Hamilton on the hot Campbell-Wentworth Senate runoff in Central Texas, Murphy maps the May primary voting, Root on the restoration of the arson-damaged Texas Governor's Mansion and Dehn's latest Weekend Insider on obese Texans: The best of our best content from June 18 to 22, 2012.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/21/11

Root and Tan on the restoration of the Governor's Mansion and on the Perrys' expensive replacement digs, E. Smith's TribLive interview with three freshman legislators in El Paso, M. Smith on tough financial standards for local school districts, Ramshaw and Murphy on Texas docs paid by drug companies, yours truly on new congressional and legislative redistricting maps, Hamilton on the biggest competitive endeavor in Brownsville's schools and Aguilar on how border mayors feel about military equipment in their cities: The best of our best content from November 21 to 25, 2011.

The iconic Texas Governor's Mansion was nearly demolished by fire in June 2008 after an arsonist hurled a Molotov cocktail at the front door.
The iconic Texas Governor's Mansion was nearly demolished by fire in June 2008 after an arsonist hurled a Molotov cocktail at the front door.

DPS Identifies Persons of Interest in Mansion Fire

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More than two years after an arsonist torched the Governor's Mansion, the Department of Public Safety still hasn't made any arrests, but investigators say they have identified persons of interest in the case.

Joe Straus, Speaker, Texas House of Representatives
Joe Straus, Speaker, Texas House of Representatives

Straus Wants to Slow Down on Mansion

The state ought to slow down proposals to expand the Governor's Mansion, House Speaker Joe Straus said in the inaugural TribLive event this morning, creating an obstacle to an idea endorsed by First Lady Anita Perry that has stirred historic preservationists in Texas.