The abode that’s been home to Fresno State’s presidents is getting cosmetic upgrades this week in preparation for incoming leader Joseph Castro.
I visited the president’s home last Monday as outgoing President John Welty, who is retiring this month, boxed up the last of his belongings with his wife Sharon Brown-Welty. The 72-year-old house located on Van Ness Boulevard was jam packed with cardboard boxes — now, it’s empty and ready for enhancements.
I touched base with Kathleen Schock, Fresno State media and development communications director, about the university’s plans to freshen up the 7,300-square-foot home.
New paint, carpets and fences are expected to cost about $125,000, which will be paid through state and private dollars. Certain rooms are already getting a facelift: Construction workers have discarded the home’s inside window coverings, decades-old carpet is ripped out and some of the property’s outdoor shrubbery has been dug up.
On tap for later this summer: add a mesh fence around the pool to make it toddler-friendly for Castro’s 2-year-old son Jess. Here are some photos of the renovations via Fresno State photographer Cary Edmondson.