The project was carried out by the company NOC ("Hellmuth, Obata & Kesselbaum"), the creators of the very successful building of the National Museum of Aeronautics in Washington. The goal of the founders of the Lincoln Museum was to create a complex that not only perpetuates the memory of the great political figure, but also tells about his life as a living person, and not a symbol of American democracy. For this, as well as to attract the maximum number of young people there, the expositions are for the most part interactive, reconstructions of historical scenes in the spirit of the "museum of wax figures" are widely used.
The architectural project was "adjusted" to such a content, while its originality undoubtedly suffered. At the same time, looking at its classicized forms, one cannot fail to notice the similarities with trade or entertainment establishments, stylized "antique". The central motif was the Greek tholos temple: it was used in the composition three times: as the main entrance, as a paired volume, creating the appearance of an entrance composition, and another rotunda was placed in the center of the building: part of the interior of the White House was reconstructed in it.
The rest of the limestone-clad museum building is dull rectangular volumes, diluted with out of place in a pseudo-classical building, modernist ribbon windows and reinforced eaves of Wright's "prairie houses".