Identifying the historic building's character-defining
spaces, features, and finishes so that accessibility
code-required work will not result in their damage or
A new elevator entrance was
provided next to the stairs to provide universal
access to the services inside. Photo: Courtesy,
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.
The automatic door to this museum building is
a practical solution for universal entry. Photo:
Designing new or additional means of access that
are compatible with the historic building and its setting.
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
The ramp's scale and materials are inconsistent
with the character of the historic building. Photo:
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.
Designing new or additional means of access without
considering the impact on the historic building and