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Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, Springfield

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2.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site is a historic brick building built in 1841 in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located at 6th and Adams Streets in Springfield, Illinois. The law office has been restored and is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as a state historic site.The office building is a surviving portion of what was the Tinsley Block, a brick structure built by local developer Seth M. Tinsley in 1840 - 1841 to provide office space for professionals working in the newly chosen state capital city. The Illinois General Assembly had moved the capital from Vandalia, Illinois to Springfield in late 1839, and local workers had begun to build a new limestone state house, now the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, on the parcel of land just north of the Tinsley Block.Lawyer Abraham Lincoln and his partner Stephen T. Logan moved their partnership law offices to a third-floor office in the Tinsley Block in 1843. The Illinois Supreme Court, where the partners often pled cases, met in the State Capitol across the street, and the U.S. District Court rented space on the Tinsley Block's second floor.The firm of Logan & Lincoln broke up in 1844. Lincoln continued to practice law in the Tinsley Block office and accepted a younger lawyer, William H. Herndon, as his junior partner. The firm of Lincoln and Herndon practiced from the Tinsley Block office from 1844 until about 1852.
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  • I have walked this site on previous visits. I am happy that renovations are being done and hope to see the results on my next visit in October. This is also the start of the ghost tour which goes on a...  read more »
  • I have been here before, but when we returned 9/17/16, it was closed for renovation. There is nothing indicating this was the old law office. I am sure it will reopen soon and it would probably be wor...  read more »
  • Currently you can only view the exterior of the building. It was insightful to see where this office is in relation to the old state capitol and the Lincoln residence. It helps to visualize the commun...  read more »
  • Most informative tour in town!!! This is the most honest tour I have ever been on. Tour guide answered all questions honestly and pointed out things we might have missed. By the time we got out of there we could have been a law clerk in the office.
  • When in Springfield being a tourist you need to make sure and stop off at the original Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, 1 SE Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701.
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