Restoration of Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C

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FURNISHINGS AND EXHIBITION DATA

EXTENT OF HISTORICAL FURNISHINGS OF FORD'S THEATRE

The restored theatre will be refurnished as completely and as accurately as the evidence provided by completed historical and architectural research indicates. Among the more important references which will enable such a plan to be carried out are the following: Brady and other photographs, sketches and drawings made shortly after April 14, 1865; newspaper articles; official reports, including trial testimony and the depositions made by the employees of the theatre; and samples of drapery, curtain materials and wallpaper now in the Lincoln Museum collections. In addition are the large sofa, engraving of Washington, and flags which embellished the President's box.

Taken in chronological order, the following furnishings and materials will be required aside from anything purchased specifically for the restoration of the structure:

(1) For the lobby, one (1) wall clock.

(2) For the ticket office: four (4) chairs, working tables or desks for the ticket sellers, and one (1) treasurer's desk.

(3) For seating, approximately 1,074 individual cane-bottomed chairs will be required: 602 in the orchestra and parquet; 422 in the dress circle, and from 48 to 80 for the eight boxes which ac-

(PHOTO BY GEORGE OLES) FIGURE 56. Original Treasury Guards flag, Washington engraving and sofa from presidential box on exhibit in Lincoln Museum.

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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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