Springfield project to overhaul Lincoln law office

SPRINGFIELD – Plans are underway to overhaul the historic Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices site in downtown Springfield, including a working version of an 1840s dry goods store similar to one that was below Abraham Lincoln’s law practice.

About $1.2 million to pay for the project comes from state capital construction funds. State officials said a start date for construction hasn’t been set. They are finalizing designs and soliciting bids. Once construction starts the site will be closed for 15 months.

Seth Tinsley ran the store and rented office space upstairs to Abraham Lincoln and William Herndon for their legal practice.

The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building was built in 1840 and is the oldest non-reconstructed building on Springfield’s Old Capitol Plaza.