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Home Of Former Gov. Robret Taylor Burns

February 19, 1985

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Fire destroyed a historic mansion that was once home to former Gov. Robert Taylor, apparently ending a debate by city planners over what to do with the house.

The fire began about noon on Monday and is being investigated by arson officials. Knoxville Fire Department Capt. Bill Pittman said a person was taken into custody but no charges had been filed.

″Right now the structure is more or less totaled,″ Pittman said. ″I don’t think it can be rebuilt.″

The home, known locally as the Governor’s Mansion, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 in an effort to have the dilapidated building restored.

″It’s a sad loss,″ said Annette Anderson, coordinator of East Tennessee Community Design Center, which sponsored the application to put the mansion on the federal register.

The house is believed to have been built shortly before Taylor lived in it around 1901. Taylor, who also served in the U.S. Senate, was governor from 1887-1891 and from 1897-1899.

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