Restoration of Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C

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ADMINISTRATIVE DATA

NAME AND NUMBER OF STRUCTURE
The structure studied in this report is the building known as Old Ford's Theatre and its two annexes, the dressing room annex at the northeast corner of the building and the former Star Saloon building which was to the south. It is located at 511 10th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., and faces west midway in the block between E and F Streets, Northwest.
PROPOSED USE OF STRUCTURE AND JUSTIFICATION
It is proposed that the entire structure, including the theatre's interior and the two annexes, be restored to their original appearance as of the night of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, April 14, 1865. This office recommends, therefore, that approval be given to the complete restoration of Ford's Theatre so that the scene of this tragic but historically significant event can be reproduced accurately and in the most minute detail. This office is also of the opinion that only by means of a complete restoration can the theatre be properly interpreted. Provision will also be made to house the Lincoln Museum and the Lincoln Library within the structure.
PROVISIONS FOR OPERATING THE STRUCTURE
It is proposed that the structure be operated as a historic site under the National Capital Region, National Park Service, in approximately the same manner as at present with provision being made for adequate operating personnel. Within the interior of Ford's Theatre and the two annexes, sufficient space should be provided to facilitate the operation of the interpretive program as follows:
1. The basement floor of the south annex should include public rest rooms. The first floor should house a concession stand and rooms for guards and the historian/museum manager. The second floor should house an assembly room for school and other groups. The third floor should house the Lincoln Library and its historical collection of manuscripts.
2. The basement of the northeast annex should include storage space for study collections, a vault for maximum protection, and a storage room for framed pictures on racks. The first floor should contain a janitor's room and rest rooms for personnel. The second, third, and fourth floors should contain the custodian's offices, a guard- room, and storage and work space.
3. Funds for refurnishing the restored structure and for the installation of the Lincoln Museum in the basement of Ford's Theatre to be equipped with modern museum cases and interpretive panels of contemporary design, and for the Lincoln Library, will be derived from a portion of the funds to be appropriated for full restoration of the structure.

PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF COST FOR RESTORATION

A preliminary estimate of the cost for a complete restoration of Old Ford's Theatre Building and the two annexes will be approximately $2,000,000. Owing to rising construction and restoration costs since the original estimate, the foregoing figure may be exceeded after completion of the architectural study and the final development of all plans and specifications.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • List of Historic American Buildings Survey Drawings xvii
  • Administrative Data 1
  • Historical Data 3
  • Part I -- Ford's Theatre Building, 1833-1862 5
  • Part II -- Ford's Theatre 1867-65 13
  • Part III -- April 14, 1865 and Its Aftermath 53
  • Architectural Data 67
  • Furnishings and Exhibition Data 101
  • Appendix A--Lincoln at Ford's Theatre 105
  • Appendix B--List of Productions at Ford's Theatre 107
  • Appendix C 123
  • Bibliography 125
  • Index 130
  • Mission 66 137
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