Our staff was able to determine the extent of damage to the Mansion through observation Monday and interviews this past week. The Student Lounge is considered a total loss. The heat was so intense that the fireplace stones chipped. In the Hunt Room the hunting frieze is completely gone.
Although other papers have reported that Diana was greatly damaged, she only lost one finger. Diana is scorched and at this point, it looks as if she may never return to her original color. The circular stairway is completely gone – including the tapestries on the wall. The ceiling in the old library is only destroyed on the north half, also the floor and wood paneling.
All student records are intact – this includes the offices of financial aid, the bursar, and the registrar. Most offices are only smoke and water damaged. The cafeteria is badly water damaged; after the fire the water was almost two feet deep.
“Mansion to be Restored”
The New Voice
March 26, 1974