New fencing around Cedar Crest a sign of increased civil unrest

Officials cite a “climate of civil unrest and threats toward governors in general and Gov. Kelly specifically,” according to the Governor’s office, who said the Kansas Highway Patrol recommended heightened security, including the sturdy fence.

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June 21, 2021 - 9:02 AM

Cedar Crest became the official residence of Kansas governors in 1962. The home was built in 1928 for Frank Pitts MacLennan. Its style is French Norman. The impressive home sits on a hill overlooking the Kaw River valley and is called Cedar Crest because of the numerous cedar trees on the grounds. MacLennon’s estate offered the house to the state to be used as the governor’s residence at their passings, according to the Kansas Historical Society. PHOTO/WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

A tall black metal fence is being erected around the governor’s mansion, Cedar Crest, in Topeka. 

The barrier will replace a decorative split rail wood fence.

Because Cedar Crest borders a 244-acre park replete with walking and biking paths, the shady grounds are popular among locals, though  they are not the reason for the increased security.

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