Contact: Judy Forte, 404-909-2911
ATLANTA — Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site will temporarily close the childhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beginning . The home is expected to reopen , pending the outcome of a comprehensive condition assessment of the site’s structure, envelope and building systems. Tours of the Birth Home will be suspended during this time.
“Public safety and resource protection are our top priorities,” said Judy Forte, superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. “We’re working to ensure that Dr. King’s birth home is structurally sound, adequately preserved and available to visitors for generations to come.”
The condition assessment is important to the ongoing preservation of the Birth Home and will assist the park in determining whether the structure’s second floor — closed since August 2016 for safety concerns — can be reopened to the public. Park officials will use findings from the condition assessment to determine future preservation needs and plans.
In lieu of Birth Home tours during the temporary closure, visitors can access information about Dr. King’s Birth Home through a series of opportunities, including:
Other significant resources for visitors at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site include: the Historic Fire Station No. 6, The King Center (including Freedom Hall and the gravesites of Dr. and Mrs. King), and Dr. King’s spiritual home, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Visitors are encouraged to begin their visits at the park’s visitor center located at 450 Auburn Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, where visitors can find a listing of daily interpretive activities.
Last updated: March 7, 2017