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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building
Structure Number:
ABLI-02
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
No records.
Park:
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
2. 

Structure State:
Kentucky
Structure County:
Larue
Region:
Southeast
Cluster:
Appalachian
Administrative Unit:
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
LCS ID:
000002
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
12/13/1977
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
National
Short Significance Description:
The memorial building, built with funds raised by the LFA, a nonprofit association of prominent Americans, is nationally significant under NR criteria A and C for its associations with the themes of Lincoln commemoration and architecture.
Long Significance Description:
The Abraham Lincoln^National Historic Site was established to preserve
the traditional birthplace cabin and a part of the farm where the 16th
President of the United States spent his first 2^ years of life. Situated
in LaRue County, naar the south fork of Nolin Creek in central Kentucky,
the park site is only fourteen miles from Elizabethtown and fifty miles
from Mammoth Cave . Thomas Lincoln originally purchased 300 acre farm in
1808. He lost it 2% years later because of a defective land title. The
farm then ^Btchanged hands several times until 1906 when the Abraham Lincoln
Farm Association bought 110 acres to perpetuate the memory of President
Lincoln. Unable to support the area, it was donated to the state of
Kentucky and later to the federal government in 1916. The War Department
was given jurisdiction until 1933. It was then transferred to the Department
of the Interior. The park today encompasses 116.5 acres of the southern
third of the original 300 acres. The site consists of the birthplace cabin;
the Memorial Building which encloses the cabin; the Sinking Spring and
the ancient Boundary Oak; and the Visitor's Center.
The birthplace centers around the farm purchased by Tom Lincoln in 1808.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year CE/BCE
End Year
End Year CE/BCE
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1908
CE
1911
CE
Pope, John Russell
Architect
2. 
Altered
1959
CE




3. 
Altered
1971
CE
1979
CE


4. 
Preserved
1985
CE




 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Monument (Building)
Primary Current Use:
Monument (Building)
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
1. 
Exhibit
Historic
2. 
Exhibit
Current
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
20,000 - 2,000,000 cubic feet
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Roof
Other
2. 
Foundation
Concrete
3. 
Other
Bronze
4. 
Walls
Granite
Short Physical Description:
A 50' x 35' x x 35', 1-story, 1-room, pink granite Beaux-Arts classical building. On a knoll with 4 sets of granite steps, it has doors on front and rear, windows on all sides, Doric porticoes on front and sides, and low hip roof behind a parapet.