One of the first things that always strikes me when I see a mansion like this is its grandeur and stateliness. The second thing that strikes me is how hard it would be to paint. Look at those columns, and in particular the tops of the columns. Can you imagine trying to scrape all that paint off the intricate top part of the column? Also, there is lots of intricate work across the top, that would be hard to reach from a ladder. There is a small city not far from where I live that has some of these old grand style mansions, and indeed many of them have fallen into disrepair.