"When the Texas Governor's Mansion was officially inaugurated in August
1856, at least some of the Bastrop-pine floors had oilcloth coverings, a
stylish touch of the day that caused then-Gov. Elisha Pease to brag about it
in a letter to his wife.
"Years later, the floors got makeovers that lasted through the years —
sanded and refinished many times, no doubt — until an arsonist torched the
stately Greek Revival landmark on June 8, 2008, and the resulting cascade of
firefighting water left the modern wood floors cupped and buckled."