Preservation Work on the Sandburg Home and Barn
Learn more about preservation work at the barn complex here.
The Sandburg furniture and book collection inside the home was packed and moved to prepare the interior for several preservation treatments. Windows in deteriorated condition will be repaired, the conservatory or greenhouse attached to the east side of the house will be rebuilt, walls will be painted, some of the wood floors will be refinished, and a dehumidification and air ventilation system will be installed.There will not be a cool air conditioned system installed, but a system that will dehumidify the air and push it through the house. This will better protect the furnishings from mold and mildew and provide a cooling effect for summer visitors to the home.
The park's information center and bookstore in the ground floor of the Sandburg Home will remain open throughout the work. The upstairs will remain open for tours as much as possible during the next three years. The home will only close to tours for short periods when safety issues arise from the painting or installation work. To best plan your visit, please check the park's website and facebook page for up-to-date information on work that is underway and any changes in tour schedules.
This work is being completed through project funding made available to National Parks for the repair and rehabilitation of historic features and the preservation of cultural resources. The funding will be made available in phases and is reflected in the timeline below for work to be completed.
Work completed in 2016:
Conservatory (greenhouse) Rebuilding Project - Summer 2016
Window Conservation Work (completed fall 2016)
Last updated: January 2, 2018