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5,649 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 3 years ago by Abzurd

Should historical buildings be altered to allow wheelchair access?


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3 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 6/22/14 - 4:04:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it completely depends on what operation is running out of the building.

I don't think it always demands any real construction. There are wheelchair elevators that a lot of buildings can install that don't require any major changes, but that's to the outside. It's the inside that's a different story. I don't agree with it in most cases, but if it's government agencies or banks and such running out of the building I don't really see any way around it.
3 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 6/22/14 - 7:14:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Those tight, spinny staircases are the best parts of castles, so they're going to miss out either way.
3 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 6/23/14 - 1:07:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
depends on what kind of historical building it is. i'm sure some accommodations can be made, but in some cases they'd also have to drastically alter the place.
3 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 6/23/14 - 2:24:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't mind alteration by addition, but I disagree with modification by extreme alteration.

Ultimately, I believe that we are guardians of history and have a duty to preserve it for generations to come - obviously, in an ideal world, places would be accessible by all, but not at the cost of destroying the integrity of the site.
3 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 6/23/14 - 3:35:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
I haven't decided if i agree or not. A couple of days ago, i discovered that the oldest museum in mtl cannot be accessed by wheelchair. (Very old natural museum by the mountain)
3 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 6/23/14 - 4:48:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
In the city I just moved from there's a Subway and I realized you have to walk up about 6 or 7 stairs to get to it and there's no way for a person in a wheelchair or who has a stroller to get to it. I always thought it was odd that this was allowed considering the laws demanding all places be wheelchair accessible (granted, there's no shortage of Subway restaurants in any city, just go to another one)
But this question made me realize it's a historical building.
3 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 6/23/14 - 5:01:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's difficult to judge 'historical' in this context... I think of some of the churches in the UK which can be around 1000 years old. I might be less opposed to modifications on a building which might be considered historical by 'new world' standards. The building I live in is around 130 years old.

My view is similar to chips' though. I'm all for it in principle, though I think other methods (e.g. portable ramps as opposed to permanent modifications) might be more appropriate in some cases.
3 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 6/23/14 - 10:57:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
One of my favorite signs ever was in the UK at Warwick Castle.

"Torture Chamber Unsuitable for Wheelchair Users"

The loss of that sign alone is enough to make me say no.
3 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 6/24/14 - 6:17:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think they should be altered unless it's an easy solution, like adding a ramp.

On a related note, one of my favorite things is visiting old historical homes/mansions and I've noticed that the top floors are usually blocked off with no access due to lack of fire escapes.

I wish they would allow waivers for this, instead of permanantly disallowing access.
3 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 6/24/14 - 6:55:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
If an elevator was installed on an external wall allowing access to each floor level, I think that it might be less intrusive to the architecture than the obligatory souvenir shop.
3 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 9/13/14 - 4:35:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 6/23/14 - 5:01:02 PM Floor Demon wrote:
It's difficult to judge 'historical' in this context... I think of some of the churches in the UK which can be around 1000 years old. I might be less opposed to modifications on a building which might be considered historical by 'new world' standards. The building I live in is around 130 years old. My view is similar to chips' though. I'm all for it in principle, though I think other methods (e.g. portable ramps as opposed to permanent modifications) might be more appropriate in some cases.

You're right. I should have precised "historically relevant".
2 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 9/27/15 - 4:40:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 6/23/14 - 10:57:33 PM dacash wrote:
One of my favorite signs ever was in the UK at Warwick Castle. "Torture Chamber Unsuitable for Wheelchair Users" The loss of that sign alone is enough to make me say no.

haha.



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