'Friends of Mountain View' Seeks To Restore Roanoke's Historic Fishburn Mansion
A nonprofit is raising funds for the city-owned Fishburn Mansion, which needs as much as $2 million in repairs.
Help is on the way for Roanoke’s last city-owned mansion.
The Mountain View Recreation Center, casually referred to as the Fishburn Mansion, needs as much as $2 million in repairs, according to Michael Clark, the city’s director of parks and recreation. The 42-room Georgian Revival home, built in 1907, hosts fitness and arts programs.
But rotting wood in the porch columns and balusters, a leaky roof over a breakfast nook, and a mold issue in the mansion’s rear threaten the building’s vitality.