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Laborious 4-year fix restores Governor's Mansion

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In the four years following an unsolved firebomb attack, the Texas Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin has been closed off, kept from the public and media while crews worked to restore the historic home. On Wednesday, doors were opened for a sneak peek of the restoration.

Dating back to 1856, the mansion has served as the oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion west of the Mississippi, up until the 2008 fire.

"It's just the history of the house, makes me proud, makes us proud to be a part of this," Paul Westlund with Professional Workroom of Design said.

Mike Miller is manager of the Austin History Center, the place architects turned to for pictures on how to accurately restore the mansion. Like many, Miller is eager to see the mansion back in the limelight of Austin.

"I would love to get back inside again. I haven't been in the Governor's Mansion since 1990," Miller said.

The arson attack remains unsolved. There is a $50,000 reward for any information that leads police to an arrest.

The mansion is expected to reopened by the end of July.

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