Plans for bathroom upgrade at governor's mansion scaled back

Posted October 11, 2013
Updated October 14, 2013

The Governor's Mansion is lovely year-round.

— After @NCCapitol wrote about a list of repair and renovations planned for buildings around the state, we got a few questions about one particular item on the list:

"Executive Mansion - Renovate 2nd Floor Bathrooms ($230,000) "The bathrooms on 2nd floor residential area of the Executive Mansion are in need of renovation. The project will provide new tile floors, new counter tops, and new fixtures." 

Other work at the executive mansion, including exterior painting, is on the repair and renovation list, but it was the bathrooms that prompted those writing in our comments section to ask "seriously?"


We're talking about six bathrooms that total up to 560 square feet, including a 240-square-foot master bathroom. 

"There's evidence of mold growing significant enough to require renovation work," said Chris Mears, a spokesman for the Department of Administration, which put together the repair list. 

There has been roughly $6.8 million worth of work on the 122-year-old mansion since Gov. Mike Easley took office, according to a summary provided by Mears, but none of that work dealt with the bathrooms. 

"The last time they (the bathrooms) were renovated was under Jim Holshouser," Mears said. Holshouser was governor from 1973 to 1977. 

In a memo detailing the required work, Bill Sears, a private architect working for the state, said existing floors and fixtures need to be removed, and the electrical outlets need to be upgraded to modern standards. 

And because the mansion is an historic house, some custom work will be required to preserve historic features. For example, Mears said, one bathroom was retrofitted when President Franklin D. Roosevelt stayed at the mansion. Those retrofits, he said, will need to be preserved. 

The $230,000 figure is only an estimate. The project will be put to bid.

Gov. Pat McCrory's spokeswoman, Kim Genardo, released a statement Saturday about the renovations. 

"The governor has firmly communicated to the Department of Administration that not one penny of taxpayer dollars will be used to remodel or upgrade any of the six bathrooms in the living quarters of the State of North Carolina's executive mansion," the statement said. "Only a very limited amount of funds will be used to repair potential code violations, treat dangerous mold and fix broken faucets."


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  • sunneyone2 Oct 22, 2013

    Stories about previous mold work:

    WHY wasn't this taken care of then? And who decided it wouldn't be repaired for the Hunts in 2000 when it was first discovered?

  • sunneyone2 Oct 22, 2013

    Why was this mold not taken care of when they worked on the mold previously?

  • wildpig777 Oct 15, 2013

    since I believe many of gov nor mc's decisions have come from the bathroom I think it is only fitting to upgrade the latrine. how'd this guy get re- elected 7-8 times in charlotte? that is a mystery to me.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Oct 15, 2013

    The new 2016 Gov will thank you McCrory.

    One and done.

  • anotherbabyboomer Oct 15, 2013

    They could build a big new house for that kind of money.

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Oct 15, 2013

    He had to give the WIC money back to the people.

  • davidgnews Oct 14, 2013

    This story needs an update - they apparently reduced some of that bathroom mad money and managed to back peddle a little from the public outrage.

  • notexactly Oct 14, 2013

    no chinkey985

    Not at all................ The last 2 occupants spent 6.8 mil. Did you even read the article? You are like 99 and the others on here waiting to bash a rep no matter what. This is so typical of you guys. When the dems do this it is OK, but not when you do it.(even if it is no where near the amount of money)

  • Krimson Oct 14, 2013

    ONUG: "It's a 122 year old house...quite common for residential construction from that time period."

    That's laughable... The most "common" residential facility 122 years ago was an out-house... Nice try though...

  • chinkey985 Oct 14, 2013

    We have not had a rasie but he can get a new bathroom through state tax payers money. Only the republins would look out for the rich and do something like this. Put poor people on the back burners while they get richer.