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A more authentic look for Denison landmark


DENISON, Texas -- President Eisenhower's birthplace in Denison has reopened to the public following a week of renovations.

About 300 visitors tour the State Historic Site at 609 South Lamar Avenue every week. But this week, the modest two-story frame residence was closed to the public so it could get a major facelift.

"We removed the old wallpaper that was here, and we have three new patterns that went in the dining room, the parlor, and the birthplace bedroom," site manager John Akers explained. 

What was once white wallpaper is now a new "old" wallpaper that more accurately represents the style that would have been in place when Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890. Akers said a lot of research went into finding the perfect wallcovering.

"This looks like pretty fancy wallpaper, but it was typical at the time," he said. "People come here to learn about the president and learn about his beginnings, so it's important to give more of a sense visually of what the house looked like."

Renovations to the Eisenhower birthplace have been in the works for about two years, and cost about $4,000 to implement.

Now tourists will have a more realistic experience.

"The artifact is the house... that's what's really special about it.," Akers said. "This is the first step to get new ways for people, and locals, and presidential enthusiasts to experience the house and experience Dwight Eisenhower."

Additional renovations are already being planned; the outside of the house will get a fresh coat of paint within the next month.

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