Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Acting Director Dan Wenk joined Fordâs Theatre Society officials and Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty yest4erday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighting the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation project at Fordâs Theatre National Historic Site, done in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincolnâs birth.
Standing in the newly-completed lobby of the societyâs office space, the ceremony marks the completion of a multi-tiered project that included the installation of a new elevator that will provide mobility access to all levels of the theatre and improved access to a newly updated museum located in the Fordâs Theatre basement. Other new additions include a modern climate-controlled heating and air conditioning system to improve theatre acoustics, additional restrooms, an upgrading of the lighting and sound systems, and other improvements that will enhance the visitor experience.
The $40 million-plus project includes $8.3 million from Congressionally-appropriated construction funds and was undertaken in conjunction with the Fordâs Theatre Society, the National Park Serviceâs long-term partner. The society provided for project design costs and worked closely with the NPS to improve use of the site for visitors and from a theatre-goers perspective.
Fordâs Theatre National Historic Site includes Petersen House, which is located across the street from Fordâs Theatre and was the location where President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865.
Rangers will lay a wreath at Fordâs Theatre today to commemorate President Abraham Lincolnâs 200th birth.