A vote to preserve West Chester's presidential prominence

Supporters of The Lincoln Building, an 1833 Federal-styly structure credited with a role in assisting Abraham Lincoln win the Republican nomination in 1860, are hosting an open house tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. The purpose? To garner votes for This Place Matters 2011, an initiative sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Lincoln Building, 28 W. Market St., is also known as the Lincoln Biography Building  because the first biography of Lincoln was published there on Feb. 11, 1860. The book was compiled from notes that Lincoln provided to West Chester native Jesse Fell.

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A push is on to save West Chester's historic Lincoln Building.

The structure retains most of its original integrity both inside and outside, including bead board and pressed tin ceilings. The upper levels boast their original wood flooring, staircases, and working one-over-one windows.

Hosted by the Chester County Community Foundation, The Lincoln Room, and the West Chester Business Improvement District, the open house will include free hotdogs, beverages and tours to familiarize visitors with the building's historic significance -- and the need to win the challenge's prize: a $25,000 grant for renovations.

All votes must be in by June 30; to cast your ballot - and encourage others to do the same - visit  www.chescocf.org