Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Will Close For Repairs Starting December 1, 2008
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— On December 1, 2008 the Visitor Center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will close while the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is replaced. The Visitor Center will reopen when the work is completed. The project will be completed within 180 days.
Visitors to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeking information about the park or to buy federal recreational passes may go to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. A National Park ranger will be available at a temporary contact station in the museum lobby daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors needing information over the telephone may still call (319) 643-2541. Additional information about the park is on the Web at www.nps.gov/heho.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience to our visitors,” said National Historic Site Superintendent Cheryl A. Schreier. “Despite extensive modifications and repairs the system has exceeded its expected life cycle and at times breaks down completely, requiring expensive emergency repairs.” The existing HVAC system has been in place since the construction of the Visitor Center building in 1970. The new HVAC system is designed to meet today’s higher energy efficiency standards, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for sustainable use.
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.
Did You Know?
The West Branch Schoolhouse was built in 1853 making it the oldest building at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The town's Quakers also used the one-room building as their first meetinghouse. More...