Historical Properties: There is no such thing as a "grandfather" clause!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


In the beginning there was a void. A voice boomed out of that void and yelled, "I don't care if Wright designed the building ... there ain't no such thing as 'grand- fathered' under the Americans with Disabilities Act." That being stated, what are the requirements for making facilities accessible that have been officially designated a historical site? What are the barriers that exist, and what are the solutions to provide increased accessibility within historical spaces? This presentation will focus on 1) the law, 2) the debate between architects and preservationists, and 3) novel opportunities and best practices in altering historical places to comply with the law.


James McCullough Attorney and Consultant,