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New restorations at Mayowood Mansion

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic Foundation celebrated the latest round of improvements to the Historic Mayowood Mansion with a symbolic signing event Monday afternoon.

Representatives from Mayo Clinic and the History Society of Olmsted County were on hand to survey the new restorations and enjoy some treats.

Improvements to the infrastructure of the house were a top priority, which included raising the sinking floor of the northeast dining room.

The next phase is set to make the grounds handicap accessible and will also add a working septic tank to the house.

One Mayo family member says although the estate bears his family name, the local community is its true owner.

"If the Clinic disappeared, what would happen to all of this? It would all belong to Rochester. So if you're from Rochester, you might as well enjoy it, because it really is yours," said Dr. Charles Mayo II.

Ownership of the mansion was transferred from the History Society of Olmsted County to Mayo Clinic Foundation in October 2011.

The foundation has since pledged at least $2 million in renovations to the property.

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