CINCINNATI (AP) — Visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo can now return to the zoo's historic reptile house after a two-month renovation.
The reptile house opened Saturday and follows a renovation to restore the original look of the building constructed in 1875 and meet the zoo's green initiatives.
Renovations to the building on the National Register of Historic Places included replacement of the old roof with a new architecturally appropriate and sustainable one including skylights, gutters and downspouts to help with storm water management.
Officials say the exterior walls were cleaned and insulated glass was installed to protect the building's interior during the winter and summer.
New paint and carpeting were added inside the building.
A grant from the National Park Service provided $408,886 to renovate and update the reptile house