After a six-month elevator renovation project, the Santa Barbara Courthouse Clock Tower is finally open and accessible to the public.
The project began after the 40-year old elevator stopped short of the observation tower landing, making the clock tower accessible only by stairs. Now with the recent modernization project, the elevator goes all the way to the observation deck, allowing all residents and visitors, including those with limited mobility, to enjoy the stunning 360-degree clock tower view of Santa Barbara.
“Historic structures are often the last to have access improved, yet offer the most impressive architectural experiences and views. This project is another important milestone in the County’s continuing effort to improve access for all residents and visitors, particularly to this panoramic bird’s eye view of Santa Barbara” says Barry Stotts, long-time access advocate with Community Access Network.
“As docents, we’ve long looked forward to the day when we can tell all visitors, especially those with mobility challenges, that they can access the observation level by elevator,” says Dana Machalleck, President of Santa Barbara Courthouse Docents. “With this improvement project complete, telling visitors there is limited access is happily a thing of the past.”
The project was funded by both federal stimulus dollars and bond money from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance work.
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