Tennessee lawmakers now have a new home. The Cordell Hull legislative office building has undergone a complete makeover throughout the last several months.
On Thursday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held. Just four years ago, it was deemed endangered and was nearly torn down, but ultimately, the Haslam administration decided to remodel instead.
Officials said the renovation not only benefited lawmakers in that all 130 of them will be in the same building, but it also gave better access to the public.
"You know, I think the public is going to be very pleased,” House Speaker Beth Harwell said. “This is a historical building that the historical commission said we need to restore it. We have. I think when you come, you're going to have better access, there's more chairs in all the committee rooms, and I think there's a better feel here, easier access."
Though much of the inside has changed, developers kept the historic floor to ceiling Tennessee marble from its construction in the 50's.