By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Capitol Building Commission members Tuesday approved plans to install an elevator compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act in the governor’s mansion, even though the project will adversely affect the historic character of the mansion’s state dining room.
“It is changing the historic character of the dining room, but they are minimizing the impact,” Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer, said Tuesday of the architectural design for the project.
Marie McCauley, of Silling Architects, told commissioners the proposed elevator will replace an existing elevator installed in 2004 that is the size of small closet, at 32 inches wide and 37.5 inches deep. The elevator is not wheelchair accessible under the ADA, and has a weight capacity of 750 pounds, she said.
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