Lincoln’s Cottage Reopens After Green Renovation

The former President’s home is now the greenest historical site in America

| February 2008 Web

  • Former President Abraham Lincoln's cabin gets a green redesign.
    National Trust for Historic Preservation

Abe Lincoln's old stomping grounds have been greened.

The National Trust for Historic Preservations (NTFHP) has reopened the former President’s cottage and the adjacent 103-year-old Robert H. Smith Visitors Education Center after seven years of green renovations.

The visitors center even received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, making this the greenest historical site in America.

The renovation teamed focused on restoring as much of the visitors center as possible. All new materials contain recycled content and have low-VOC levels. The team also installed energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Bioswales filter rainwater from the roof and pourous pavement was used around the building to reduce stormwater runoff.

The NTFHP encourages visitors to bike to the monument. The site features bicycle storage and a changing room. Site seers can also lessen their carbon footprint by using the provided public transportation.

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