About The Lincoln Building

Virtual tour of the Lincoln Building


The Chester County Community Foundation is headquartered in the historic Lincoln Building, at the heart of downtown West Chester. The Lincoln Building is the site of the first published biography of Abraham Lincoln, which is said to have propelled Lincoln to the presidency. Annually, thousands of visitors tour the Lincoln Building, learning lessons from the past to apply to the future. The finished basement is currently being turned into a hub for the Cultural Alliance of Chester County.

For more information:
Lincoln Building Brochure
Lincoln’s impact on Chester County
Abraham Lincoln and The Chester County Times
Historic Images from the Library of Congress

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.

Order A Deluxe Hardback – $75

Order A Paperback – $20


To Contribute to the Lincoln Building Endowment Fund send a check made payable to:

Lincoln Building Endowment Fund c/o CCCF
28 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382