Tours of the Lincoln Building have been temporarily suspended during COVID-19. Thank you for your patience.
Virtual tour of the Lincoln Building
The Chester County Community Foundation is located in the heart of downtown West Chester at 28 West Market Street. The Community Foundation is headquartered in the historic Lincoln Building, the site of the first published biography of Abraham Lincoln.
Annually, thousands of visitors tour the Lincoln Building, learning lessons from the past to apply to the future.
The structure is a three and one-half story federal-style brick end-of-row commercial building constructed in 1833. The rest of the row has since been demolished, so the building is now free-standing, although the West wall may still be a “party wall” with all that entails. The rear wall is stucco over brick.
The basement is finished and is currently being leased as a coffee shop. With plate glass windows in front, a cherry floor, tin ceiling, food service counter and a fireplace, it is a bright and cheery space.
Find a more in-depth building analysis here.
Find historic building images from the Library of Congress here.
For the Union by Malcolm Johnstone
Lincoln’s rarely seen biography has been reprinted in a new book titled For The Union by local author Malcolm Johnstone. For the Union follows the extraordinary story of how Quaker abolition, a hanging, a slave riot, and a small newspaper in West Chester set the stage to launch Lincoln’s quest for the presidency.