TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE MAKES CONTRIBUTION TO TEXAS GOVERNOR’S MANSION RESTORATION FUND
On Friday, March 27, 2009, the Texas Municipal League and its 1,110 member cities made a $25,000 donation to the Texas Governor’s Mansion Restoration Fund.
TML President John Cook, Mayor of the City of El Paso, presented the check to Pam Willeford, Vice Chair of the Texas Governor’s Mansion Restoration Fund, during the TML Board of Directors meeting in Austin.
The Board voted during its December meeting to make the donation to restore the National Historic Landmark after a fire in June 2008 nearly destroyed the mansion. Designed by prominent architect Abner Cook in the Greek Revival style, the mansion has served as the official residence of Texas governors and their families since 1856.
“Texas cities want to assist with the restoration because the Governor’s Mansion is an important part of the heritage of all Texans,” Mayor Cook said. “We make this contribution in recognition of city firefighters throughout our state whose professionalism is exemplified by the Austin Fire Department’s quick and effective response that prevented the total destruction of this state landmark so that it can be restored.”