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Contact: Darren Boch, 212-668-2208
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is closing immediately to undergo safety-related repairs. The home, located in lower Manhattan on East 20th Street, is the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.
A recent inspection conducted by an independent contractor noted several life-safety code deficiencies, to include the exterior emergency fire escape. The NPS accepted the recommendation to close the site because the building must have two primary means of egress, to include the deficient metal fire escape stair tower attached to the back of the building.
The park has submitted a request for funds to replace the fire exit stair tower and is working out the details of a contract to bring the fire escape into compliance with established life-safety codes. The NPS anticipates that the site will remain closed for up to 90 days.
Visit the site's web page at www.nps.gov/thrb or follow them @Twitter.com/TRBirthplaceNPS