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Understanding how the ADA applies to historic properties

Posted on October 11, 2023

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Old or historic public places must still follow accessibility requirements. Yet, the ADA does provide limited exceptions for qualified historic properties. The ADA considers a place historic if it has significant historical, architectural, or artistic value. Historic properties have specific, more flexible accessibility requirements, including accessible routes and entrances. Building owners can ask State Historic Preservation Officers for advice on making their places accessible without changing their historical importance


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