On August 2, 2018 the Texas White House was closed due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues.Since the Texas White House closure, the park has coordinated numerous environmental and structural investigations, mold remediation, conservation of historical artifacts, as well as a value analysis to confirm optimal solutions for the home's rehabilitation. A year-and-a-half long design process, coordinated with the Texas Historical Commission to ensure compliance with all historical regulatory requirements, also took place.
Although the process has been a long one, the ultimate goal is to rehabilitate and restore the Texas White House and neighboring Hangar so these historic structures will be preserved and can be enjoyed for many future generations of visitors.
This project is being funded in part by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) passed by Congress in 2020 as part of a concerted effort to address the large maintenance backlog in national parks. Supported by revenue from energy development, GAOA's Legacy Restoration Fund provides up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.
Updates to Available Facilities - Current 12-16-2023
The following areas are open 7 days a week:
LBJ Ranch —Inbound gate opens at 9:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm. Exit gate closes at 5:00 pm.
Texas White House Rehabilitation Timeline
The Texas White House Complex is anticipated to reopen to the public in late 2025, after construction is completed and the buildings can be restaged. An updated interpretive experience and new exhibits for the Hangar are also being planned for the future.
January 2, 2024
November 1, 2023
On November 1, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park welcomed National Park Service leaders, the Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, and Johnson family friends to celebrate the groundbreaking for the highly anticipated Texas White House Rehabilitation Project, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act.
Rehabilitation work on the Texas White House will now begin this January.
September 26, 2023
The base contract for the Texas White House and Hangar Rehabilitation was awarded for construction on September 26 to KOMAN Sustainable Solutions, LLC, in the amount of $11,408,153. The work will also include improvements in accessibility, site drainage and stabilization of the historic aides and communications trailers and switchboard building once all options are awarded. Rehabilitation of the historic Hangar, which serves as the LBJ Ranch Visitor Center, is being paid for with National Park Service repair and rehabilitation funds and cyclic maintenance funds.
July 14, 2023
The Hanger Visitor Center at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park closes in preparation for the construction phase of the Texas White House Rehabilitation Project. The driving tour of the LBJ Ranch and other points of interest remain open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and rangers will be at the ranch to provide visitor information.
April 25, 2021
Rehabilitation was finished on the adjacent Cabana/Pool House building. The exterior retains its historic look while allowing the interior to be used as office space. Health and safety issues that forced the closure of the building have been corrected, and the completed building meets all modern accessibility requirements.
November 5, 2020
Rehabilitation began on the adjacent Cabana/Pool House building. Originally built in 1955 when the Johnsons installed the outdoor swimming pool, the Cabana/Pool House went through a series of modifications over the years. This included an expansion and addition of an indoor pool which allowed the family to enjoy swimming even during winter months. When the current improvements are finished, the exterior will retain its historic look while allowing the interior to be used as office space. Health and safety issues that forced the closure of the building will have been corrected, and the completed building will meet all modern accessibility requirements.
May - July, 2019
In May, a team of engineers and architects on contract with the NPS’ Intermountain Region and Denver Service Center conducted an on-site assessment of the Texas White House, Hangar Visitor Center, sanitary waste/septic systems, data/communication infrastructure, and site drainage throughout the Texas White House Complex. Park staff received the consultant's preliminary report in July and reviewed the document and provided feedback. Ultimately, the final report will be used to create an extensive rehabilitation project proposal and to solicit funding.
Additionally, the park awarded a design/build contract for renovations to the Pool House. The contract seeks to mitigate environmental issues, increase building accessibility, and make improvements to the office space in the building. Work will be ongoing through winter 2019-2020.
August 2, 2018
The National Park Service closed the Texas White House and the adjacent Pool House due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues.
The NPS is took immediate action to investigate the safety concerns, which include closing both facilities. Both buildings remained closed until the NPS can confirm that the facilities do not pose safety concerns.
All other park facilities remained open to the public. These include the Johnson settlement, President Johnson's boyhood home, and the park visitor center in Johnson City. The LBJ Ranch driving tour was not affected, and the LBJ Ranch hangar visitor center was open as normal.
Last updated: December 22, 2023