Physical Access Projects

We strive to make our sites as welcoming as possible to people with disabilities. Click here for a link to a table that gives a general picture of the accessibility of HHT's sites. It's advisable that you contact the site you would like to visit ahead of time for the best possible experience. Also, the accessibility of our houses can change due to weather, construction, and other circumstances. Note – Audio/verbal description of the exteriors of all our properties is available at New York Beyond Sight.

The physically disabled are an under-represented group of visitors to house museums because they often cannot even get in the buildings. Less than 3% of historic house museums have front door access for the physically disabled and even fewer have access to other floors. HHT's sites are no exception. In 2010, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation created an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan, that included all of the Historic House Trust's sites.  Based on this plan, a number or ramps and other physical access features have been projected for our sites.

Plan for ramp at Lott House

Plan for ramp at Bartow-Pell
Ramp on left leads up to brick pathway in city parkSteps on left lead up to brick pathway in city park
Before and After Photos of Ramp on Grounds of Morris-Jumel Mansion

Plan for ramp at Poe Cottage

In addition to the work being done by the parks department, through the Wagner program we are trying to remedy this problem by creating access to our sites in simple ways that do not hurt the historic fabric of the houses. Some examples of this include having programs in alternative spaces, supplying portable ramps, and using virtual tours.


Historic Richmond Town

Thanks to support from the Wagner Program, Historic Richmond Town was able to get a grant from the Rotary Club of Staten Island to purchase portable suitcase ramps for ten of their houses. Prior to this grant Historic Richmond Town had one portable ramp that it had to move from building to building. By increasing the number of ramps at Historic Richmond Town, access has become easier, and it is now more feasible to have a successful program at the site for children with disabilities.

imageedit_20_8909687660 The Christopher House at Historic Richmond Town


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