Something installed at the governor’s mansion to cool things down is getting some neighbors heated up.
Four air conditioning units have been placed on the roof of the historic Hartford mansion and neighbors said they are ugly.
The mansion was built in the early 1900s and gets warm on the upper floors, but now the governor and his family have the modern convenience of central air throughout the house.
"A single home owner would not be allowed by the city of the state to that,” said neighbor Sandra Bobowski.
The mansion is listed on the national register of historic places and in the neighborhood it is very specific what windows can be installed and even landscaping.
"I don't get involved in those manners ---I don't run the house --- it’s a DAS (Department of Administrative Services) matter you should probably talk to the commissioner,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy.
The department said the mansion is “not subject to municipal regulations because it’s a state property.”
Eyewitness News was told the units couldn’t be placed on the ground like at other homes because it would exceed the limits, and that the refrigerant lines wouldn’t have been efficient enough to cool the top floor.
"It does send a bad message,” said Mike O’Connell, chair of the Hartford Historic Preservation Commission. "If we allow will something in one particular fashion will it come back to haunt us because it happens time and time again."
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