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Governor's Mansion Restoration Set to Move Forward
Since the devastating fire at the Texas
Governor's Mansion last June, only es-
sential repairs to the severely damaged
historic building, including water-dam-
age clean-up, installation of a temporary
roof, and a new air-conditioning system,
have been completed. Restoration of the
mansion was put on hold until funding
had been secured to cover costs for the
project. However, a recently approved
Texas Legislature appropriations bill for
$11 million dollars-with a matching
amount coming from the new two-year '.
state budget effective in September-
along with $3.4 million in private dona- .
tions will allow restoration efforts to be-
gin almost immediately.
State officials will soon begin the pro-
cess by searching for an architect to draft
a 24-30 month plan for rebuilding the
mansion. Once the initial development
and planning phase for refurbishing the
Governor's Mansion has been established, work on exterior and
interior repairs will begin. Specialists will focus on rebuilding
walls and replacing the temporary roof with a copper one, which
A guide to the guns made or sold
in the Lone Star State 1780-1899
by Chris Hirsch
This new book from Mowbray Publishers is the result of
the author's almost 20 years of research. It attempts to
shed light on the extent of the gun trade in Texas during its
early times. Though the military connection is touched upon
in this book, the civilian gun trade is the main objective.
Many of the old established gun dealers in Texas became
quite successful, while others came and went. Each major
city seemed to have one gun dealer that stood above all others.
Included in this extensive directory of over 1,200 dealers and
makers are the Dance Brothers of Anderson, the Erichson
family of Houston, E.A. Worden of Dallas, Charles Hummel
of San Antonio, J.C. Petmecky of Austin, A.J. Anderson of Fort
Worth and countless other dealers and tradesmen.
200 pages more than 1,200 listings * over 700 B&W photographs
South elevation, second level, detail of col-
umns at the Texas Governor's Mansion, before
the June 2008 fire. Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record,
HABS TEX, 226, -AUST, 3-12.
was part of the mansion's 1859 design.
Original windows that were removed
Sand stored during the initial $10 million
. renovation, which was half-way complete
at the time of the fire, will be reinstalled,
and the front door, destroyed in the blaze,
will be recreated from drawings and ar-
chival photographs. A two-story addition
I will be constructed at the rear of the man-
sion to make it handicap accessible. Mod-
ern upgrades, such as fiber-optic commu-
nications and energy-saving measures,
will also be seamlessly integrated into the
Interior renovation projects will
include restoring the stately columns
adorning the front porch, replacing the Bastrop-pine floors, re-
constructing the beautifully arched central wooden staircase, and
refurbishing or replacing many other hallmark features of the Tex-
as Governor's Mansion. The original furnishings, as
well as other historically significant design elements,
such as the decorative plaster trim, were being held
in storage at the time of the fire, and when those are
replaced, it will add that final, authentic touch to a
!n Trade visible icon of this state's heritage.
To donate, send a check or money order to: Texas
Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund, P.O. Box
12878, Austin, TX 78711-2878.
Foundation Mourns Loss
of Dallas Director
Texas Historical Foundation Director Elizabeth
Starr Marlow of Dallas lost her battle with cancer
on April 26, 2009. Elizabeth and her husband, Ray-
mond, who survives her, were long-time supporters
of THF. They gave generously to HERITAGE mag-
azine and to the Texas Legal History Preservation
Trust, in addition to other historical preservation
Born in Waco, Elizabeth was Raymond's high
school sweetheart, and they had been married for
54 years when she died. Together the couple found-
ed Marlow Industries and successfully operated that
Dallas business for 30 years of their married life.
Besides her husband, Elizabeth is survived by
one brother, a daughter, a son, and four grandchil-
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