Oldest Structure on National Mall to Be Restored — and Moved

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A familiar sight on D.C.'s National Mall is about to be restored -- and it'll also end up with a slightly different location.

The Lockkeeper's House is the oldest structure on the National Mall. 

Officials are holding a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the restoration and relocation of the house, which was built in the 1830s.

Officials plan to repair the home's original stone and construct a new brick chimney to match the structure, which is at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW. The house will also be moved back from the street.

Exhibits inside will tell visitors about the history and future of the National Mall.

Thursday's event marks the beginning of the first phase of the rehabilitation for the National Mall's Constitution Gardens, said the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service.

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