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  • By 1855, the Lincoln home, little changed from the cottage purchased twelve years earlier, proved to be too small for the growing family. Lincoln hired local builders, Hannon and Ragsdale, to remodel the home. They removed the roofs and raised the house from one-and-one-half to two full stories. When the work was completed, Mary wrote to her sister, Emilie Todd Helm, "You will think, we have enlarged our borders, since you were here." The Linc... more
    By 1855, the Lincoln home, little changed from the cottage purchased twelve years earlier, proved to be too small for the growing family. Lincoln hired local builders, Hannon and Ragsdale, to remodel the home. They removed the roofs and raised the house from one-and-one-half to two full stories. When the work was completed, Mary wrote to her sister, Emilie Todd Helm, "You will think, we have enlarged our borders, since you were here." The Lincolns now had a five-bedroom home with extra storage. The new wrought-iron railing on the south porch-roof gave the house a more fashionable look. The remodeling enlarged the cottage into a substantial house. One visitor found that "the rooms are elegantly and comfortably furnished. . . ." The purchase of new wallpaper and other furnishings completed the transformation. Another visitor commented that the home was "handsome, but not pretentious. A reporter for the Utica [New York] Morning Herald probably provided the best description for Lincoln's home when, on June 27, 1860, he wrote "What a pleasant home Abe Lincoln has. How we learn about communities; Antebellum Society and the Civil War. 16 History. less
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