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Reroofing of historic mansion underway

– Crews have started working to replace the roof of a state-owned mansion in southern Indiana for the first time since it was built in the 1860s.

Contractors have put up scaffolding that surrounds the 60-foot high walls of the Culbertson Mansion in New Albany for the roof-replacement project, the News and Tribune reported.

The historic nature of the mansion complicates the project because crews aren’t allowed to attach any equipment to it, according to Jessica Stavros, Culbertson Mansion State Historical Site manager.

“So the scaffolding all has to be freestanding,” Stavros said.

Businessman William Culbertson built the three-story house with 25 rooms in the Ohio River city just north of Louisville, Kentucky.

It includes semi-circular bays on three of its corners, along with designs painted by artists on the walls, ceilings and cornices of the first and second floors.

The house was completed in 1869, and the state has owned it since 1976.

Stavros said the roofing work is expected to be finished by the end of summer and the mansion remains open to visitors.