“With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed,” said Abraham Lincoln, and right now public sentiment is exactly what the Lincoln Biography Building on 28 West Market Street needs in order to win a $25,000 grant to restore its former grandeur.
With aid from the West Chester Business Improvement District, the Lincoln Building has entered the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters challenge. This Place Matters is a contest that was created to help communities preserve important and historic structures. The competition began with 400 entries, and is now down to the top 100. The Lincoln Building is currently ranked at #7.
The top three buildings will win money for restoration in amounts of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. The Lincoln Building is 178-years-old and in need of about $350,000 in upkeep costs.
The building was a temporary home to the 16th President during his East Coast campaign in 1861. It was here that Lincoln compiled a four-page autobiography on his beliefs, and social justice and equality missions. The compilation was published by several East Coast newspapers, and Lincoln credited the autobiography for assisting in his election.
As of now, the Lincoln Building has received 880 votes in the competition, placing it 520 votes behind the front-runner. Place your vote now, and help Honest Abe's pad receive the funding it needs to return to its former glory. Just click here.