DC house where Lincoln died reopens after repairs

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 5:01 AM
DC house where Lincoln died reopens after repairs

The house where President Abraham Lincoln died across the street from Ford's Theatre has reopened to the public after a yearlong renovation project.

The National Park Service says the rehabilitation of Petersen House included repairs to the exterior, a new climate control system, repairs to the historic windows doors and shutters, and other improvements.

The house is part of the Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. The park service acquired it in 1933 and has recreated the scene at the time of Lincoln's death. It closed for repairs in September 2010 and was scheduled to reopen in spring 2011. But the work took longer than planned.

The Petersen House will be connected to the new Ford's Theatre Society Center for Education and Leadership that's slated to open next February.