by Whitney Gould
Originally posted on JS Online October 9, 2005

Wheelchair ramps are so much a part of the urban landscape these days that we tend not to notice them. Sometimes they're clumsy afterthoughts — simple wooden planks set atop existing steps; sometimes they're integrated into new construction.

But how do you improve accessibility for a building that is too historic for a quick retrofit?

Lake Park Lutheran Church, 2647 N. Stowell Ave., is a shining example of how accessibility dilemmas can be turned into design opportunities and broader symbols of inclusiveness.
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