Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace will reopen in October

The site will be included in Open House New York, walking tours of important buildings. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The site will be included in Open House New York, walking tours of important buildings. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace on East 20th Street, which has been closed for renovations for 16 months, will soon be reopening.

An official for the site, which is overseen by the National Parks Service, said there will be a soft opening on Tuesday, October 11.

It will then be included in Open House New York, a series of tours of important buildings in the city, which will take place on the weekend of October 15-16. There will also be a birthday celebration on October 29 although the time and other details are still being worked out.

The $3.7 million renovation project was aimed at improving accessibility at the site, which NPS acquired in 1965, and upgrading life and safety systems.

Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, lived at the site until he was 14 years old. The house was demolished in 1916, but then after his death in 1919, rebuilt and then redecorated with many of the original furnishings by Roosevelt’s sister and wife. The address is 28 East 20th Street.

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