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Panel OKs plan to renovate historic West Virginia mansion

CHARLESTON (AP) — The state is moving forward with a project to renovate a historic mansion on the West Virginia Capitol grounds.

Holly Grove Mansion has been vacant since the Bureau of Senior Services moved its offices to the Charleston Town Center Mall in October 2004.

Media outlets report that the Capitol Building Commission on Wednesday approved an architectural firm’s plans to renovate the 2,300-square-foot mansion.

Ellizabeth Moss with Swanke Hayden Connell Architects told the commission that the project includes stabilizing the building, restoring the exterior and interior to their original appearance and making the first floor accessible.

The mansion was built in 1815 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

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