Identifying the historic building's character-defining
spaces, features, and finishes so that accessibility
code-required work will not result in their damage or
Complying with barrier-free access requirements,
in such a manner that character-defining spaces, features,
and finishes are preserved.
Working with local disability groups, access specialists,
and historic preservation specialists to determine the
most appropriate solution to access problems.
Providing barrier-free access that promotes independence
for the disabled person to the highest degree practicable,
while preserving significant historic features.
A significant entrance may be difficult to modify.
Although a special challenge, sensitive changes
can almost always be made to provide access while
preserving the unique historic character. Photo:
Finding solutions to meet accessibility requirements
that minimize the impact on the historic building and
its site, such as compatible ramps, paths, and lifts.
Undertaking code-required alterations before identifying
those spaces, features, or finishes which are character-defining
and must therefore be preserved.
Altering, damaging, or destroying character-defining
features in attempting to comply with accessibility
Making changes to buildings without first seeking expert
advice from access specialists and historic preservationists
to determine solutions.
Making access modifications that do not provide a reasonable
balance between independent, safe access and preservation
of historic features.
Making modifications for accessibility without considering
the impact on the historic building and its site.