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D.C.’s historic Petersen House to close from December 2017 to June 2018

This is the site where Abraham Lincoln died after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/McGhiever

From December 25 to June 2018, the Petersen House, the site where Abraham Lincoln died after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre, will close. The house museum is located at 516 10th Street NW.

According to The Washington Post, the closing is due to needed historic preservation work and upgrades, including the replacement of a fire suppression system.

The house dates back to 1849 when it was constructed by William A. Petersen. At one point, Vice President John C. Breckinridge rented the house. It later served as a boarding house in 1865 before reopening as a museum in the 1930s.

The Ford’s Theatre and Ford’s Theatre Museum will not be affected.

The Petersen House, where Lincoln died, will close for six months in December [The Washington Post]