Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 15, 2014

Commission OKs fence around W.Va. gov’s mansion

CHARLESTON — State officials plan to install an ornamental fence and low wall around the Governor’s Mansion to improve security.

The project is the first phase of a perimeter security improvement plan developed by GAI Consultants for the Capitol Complex.

Media outlets report that the Capitol Building Commission approved the plan Wednesday.

The plan calls for the limestone wall to ultimately be extended around the Capitol campus. The goal is prevent vehicles from driving onto the campus.

GAI Consultants architect Brian Kinzelman told the commission that the wall and fence design is based on a 1921 rendering by the Governor’s Mansion architect, Walter Martens. Martens proposed a brick wall, featuring brick pillars, topped with wrought iron fencing.

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