Mansion's future is uncertain

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

No one knows what will happen to the Old Governor's Mansion once its renovation is finished early next year.

But Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, who has lived in the home for most of the last seven years, said it would be a shame do away with it as an official residence.

"It's been on national television about 50 times," Henry said. "It's the oldest official residence in the history of the nation. It's older than the White House."

The Old Governor's Mansion is under a $2 million renovation. This is the first renovation since 1950. The mansion will be getting new air conditioning, new utility lines and new plumbing.

The home opened as the first governor's mansion in 1798, six years after Kentucky became a state, said Margaret Lane, who along with historian Thomas Clark wrote The People's House: Governor's Mansions in Kentucky.

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