On Tuesday, 13 January 2015, Independence National Historical Park had a fire in the historic 2nd Bank of the United States, a National Historic Landmark building and the location of Independence's fine arts exhibit and museum collection storage. The fire was contained in the building's basement mechanical system, but smoke from the fire traveled throughout the building and deposited a thin film of soot everywhere. The park's large collection of 18th- and 19th-century portraits is affected by the soot film, and these will be the first objects cleaned in the upcoming recovery. The local conservation community has been most responsive to calls for condition assessments and recommendations for treatment. The 2nd Bank will be closed to the public for several months while the collections and building interiors are cleaned.

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