As the restoration of the Governor’s Mansion in Austin nears its completion, historic furnishings are beginning to be moved back into the house.

The non-profit group Friends of the Governor’s Mansion owns and curates the furnishings which were removed before a deferred maintenance project in October of 2007.

In June 2008, the maintenance became a restoration project after an arsonist set fire to the historical house with the arsonist yet to be identified.

The restoration has cost nearly $25 million with $21.5 million coming from state funds with $3 million from private donations.

Governor Rick Perry and his family are expected to move back into the mansion at the end of the project late next month.

No arrest has been made in the arson case at this time. The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist.

Anyone with information related to the Texas Governor’s Mansion arson is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 252-TIPS (8477) or the State Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at (988) 252-8477.