County commissioners will not provide the $75,000 a historical group says is needed to begin restoring as a tourist attraction the Texas School Book Depository -- the building from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy in 1963.
Commissioners have been renovating the lower floors of the downtown building for office space but say they have run out of funds and do not plan any work on the sixth floor.
On Nov. 22, 1963, according to official government investigations, Oswald stood in a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository and fired the shots that killed Kennedy as his motorcade passed underneath. Oswald was shot to death two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
Lyndalyn Adams, representing the Dallas County Historical Commission, asked the county commissioners Monday to provide $75,000 for architects' fees so her group can begin soliciting $1 million needed to make the sixth floor look like it did the day Kennedy was shot.
The county commissioners refused, however, saying they supported the project but could not allocate money for it.
Adams said most of the $1 million would be used to construct an elevator to carry tourists to the floor. The project will not necessarily be scrapped because of the commissioners' refusal, she said, but it will be more difficult to find contributors.