Lincoln's tomb to close for renovations

Aug 5, 2013

Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield is slated to close for renovations starting in October. The city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau says the renovations will take place on the underground part of the monument, usually open to the public.

It's not certain yet when renovations will begin, but the bureau has stopped scheduling tours from October until April. Chris Wills is with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. He says there's about 700-thousand dollars worth of work to be done:

"For instance because of water seepage over the years, some of the paint in the tomb has begun to peel, and so that needs to be fixed." 

The state is covering the cost of the repairs. The tomb, at the Oak Ridge Cemetery on Springfield's north-west side, is the resting place of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four children.