Seven buildings in Independence National Historical Park have been reopened after undergoing spring repairs.
Visitors resumed tours Sunday at the Edgar Allan Poe house, the Old City Hall, the Declaration House, the Marine Corps Memorial Museum, the Todd House, the Bishop White House and the Army-Navy Museum.Up to 300 people visited the reopened buildings Sunday, park spokeswoman Kathy Dilonardo said.
The buildings were closed last fall due to budget cuts. When news of the condition of the mall and its 18 buildings surfaced in Washington, legislators pushed through nearly $654,000 in emergency funding for repairs.
About $75,000 went to replace half of the roof over Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Those repairs should be completed in about a week. The other half of the roof was replaced in two stages over the last two years.
The rest of the funds went to repair and reopen the closed historic buildings.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard its first case in 1791 in Old City Hall, which will be host of a special exhibit next month on the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights.
The rooms where the Supreme Court met were renovated during the shutdown, Dilonardo said. Now, the rooms appear exactly as they did when the court met in Philadelphia.
The park is visited by 3 million people a year.