Identifying spaces, features, and finishes from the
restoration period so that accessibility code-required
work will not result in their damage or loss.
Complying with barrier-free access requirements,
in such a manner that spaces, features, and finishes
from the restoration period are preserved.
Working with local disability groups, access specialists,
and historic preservation specialists to determine the
most appropriate solution to access problems.
Historic hardware can
be retained in place, or adapted with the addition of an
automatic opener, of which there are several types.
This door handle has been retrofitted
to meet ADA requirements. Photo: NPS files.
Providing barrier-free access that promotes independence
for the disabled person to the highest degree practicable,
while preserving significant historic features.
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 from the restoration
period which must be preserved.
Altering, damaging, or destroying features from the
restoration period 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.