The General Theological Seminary is in the Historic District of Chelsea in Manhattan, New York City. Many of the Seminary's buildings are designated landmark structures built in the 19th century, making accessibility a challenge. The architect for this project, Beyer Blinder Belle, wanted a virtually invisible custom enclosure vertical platform wheelchair lift that matched the existing decorative iron railings.
Handi-Lift, Inc. designed and installed a beautiful, inconspicuous wheelchair lift for this historic, residential building with custom-created ironwork, a special hidden support system, and safety features that complemented the building's design. The new lift helps make the building ADA compliant.
Because of the Seminary's landmark status, new construction and renovation at the must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Handi-Lift ensured that the vertical platform wheelchair lift not only blended in with the stairway, but that it also earned the approval of this commission.