House Where Lincoln Died Being Restored

House Where Lincoln Died Being Restored


LANCASTER, Pa. — People know of Ford's Theatre, where on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln.

Fewer people know of the Petersen House, where the stricken president was carried and treated, and where he died the next day.

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Now, a team of Lancaster County woodworkers is toiling to restore the federal-style row house in Washington, D.C., which has fallen into decline.

"The National Park Service . wants to save it from falling apart," said Chuck Groshong, co-owner of Historic Restorations.

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"There had been some repairs down over the years that were shortsighted. There were a lot of Band-Aid solutions. Now they have a plan."

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The Petersen House, built in 1849 by a German tailor, is owned by the federal Department of the Interior and is maintained as part of the Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. The house has been closed for repairs since September and is scheduled to reopen this summer.

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"These days, a lot of money is being spent on restoring old buildings," Groshong said. "We're specialists, and we fit into that niche."

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The family owned Lancaster business, which was contacted by the federal government's project overseers because of its reputation for restoration workmanship, began shifting beams and prying up floorboards Feb. 7. Groshong said he expects they'll wrap up their portion of the project by late May.

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