Grand Hall at Governor's Mansion Named for Janet Huckabee

OCTOBER 9, 2006 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Grand Hall at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion has been named for Janet Huckabee.  The first lady has raised millions of dollars to convert the mansion into a space that's more livable and more suitable for large gatherings.

About 500 people gathered yesterday to mark the honor.  The Grand Hall cost $3 million.  The hall includes nearly 14,000 square feet and can seat 350 people.

The 50-year-old mansion underwent a $1.4 million renovation in 2000.  The accomodate the work, the Huckabees moved into a triple-wide mobile home that was hooked up on the mansion grounds.  Workers installed new plumbing and wiring, added an elevator and made the building wheelchair accessible.

Work at the mansion is continuing.  The grounds are getting a $1.2 million landscaping renovation.

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