Thursday, May 23, 2002

Mansion renovations to begin

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Lt. Gov. Steve Henry is moving.

        The Old Governor's Mansion, official residence of the lieutenant governor, has been closed for a $1 million renovation.

        Mr. Henry, wife Heather French Henry and daughter Harper will be moved next week into a house that until recently was state headquarters of the Kentucky YMCA, officials said Wednesday. The state bought it for $225,000, according to figures from the Finance Cabinet.

        The Carneal-Watson House, named for its early inhabitants, was built in 1855 in the Greek Revival style. It is near the Kentucky River on tree-lined Wapping Street. It has 3,495 square feet and three or four bedrooms.

        Armond Russ, the cabinet's commissioner for facilities management, said the house is nearly in move-in condition. But the state is spending about $11,000 on painting, electrical work and installation of security equipment.

        Some antique furnishings of the Old Governor's Mansion will be moved as well, though most will be stored, Mr. Russ said. When the Henrys move out of the Carneal-Watson House, a small state agency will move in.

        Renovation of the Old Governor's Mansion includes replacement of the roof, heating, air conditioning and wiring. Its antique windows are to be restored, and some of its brick and mortar exterior is to be repaired, Russ said.

        The project is expected to take until December 2003, which also is when Mr. Henry's term as lieutenant governor expires.


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