Ford's Theatre in downtown Washington, DC, is best known as the notorious scene of Pres. Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865.
It is among the oldest and most visited sites of national tragedy in the United States. First constructed in 1833 as a Baptist church, the property was acquired by John T. Ford and converted into a theater in 1861. Presenting almost 500 performances before the assassination, Ford afterward sold the building to the federal government. A century later, the National Park Service reconstructed the theater, and Ford's Theatre Society began presenting live performances there in 1968. Since then, the two organizations have partnered to offer more than 650,000 annual visitors an array of quality programming about Lincoln's presidency and legacy. Today, patrons can explore the Tenth Street "campus," consisting of the theater, interactive museum galleries, the house where Lincoln died, and the Center for Education and Leadership.
About the Author
Ford's Theatre was written on behalf of Ford's Theatre Society by Brian Anderson, a Washington, DC, lawyer and Ford's Theatre Society trustee. Drawing upon the resources of the society, Ford's Theatre National Historical Site, and Washington-area museums and research libraries, Anderson has assembled a rich collection of historical images to tell the fascinating story of an iconic American building.
Table of Contents
1 1833-1859: Church 9
2 1861-1865: Theater 21
3 1866-1932: Office, Building, and Warehouse 49
4 1932-1964: Museum 69
5 1968-Today: Theater, Museum, and Education Center 95
About the Organization 127