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A Brief History of Ford's Theatre
John T. Ford was not quite finished building his “New Athenaeum” when the Lincoln tragedy struck. The War Department seized the theater and, by late 1865, had converted it to an office building. The Army moved its new Medical Museum here, and later, the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA, housed its map division on an upper floor. Ford’s was a government pension office in 1893, when all three floors collapsed under the weight of heavy file cabinets. Twenty-two clerks lost their lives.
The Ford's Theatre was restored to its 1865 appearance in the 1960s. Today, the building is maintained by the National Park Service and houses the Lincoln Museum. It is also a living theatre with regular performances.