Lift into museum weapons room operational

All visitors to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums can tour the museum weapons room after a handicapped- accessible lift was installed from the lower level into the room this fall.

The lift is operational and takes visitors with mobility issues into the room, which is four steps up from the museum building’s lower level. The project was part of HPLM’s $1.6 million museum renovation that took place earlier this year.

The lift is sponsored by Unique Fabrications, Inc., Skip and Ellen Honsperger and Wayne & Madeline Doble.

During the museum renovation, staff learned why steps were installed into the weapons room in 1922 instead of keeping the room on the same elevation as the rest of the lower level.

The weapons room is part of the original 1916 building. When the building was expanded in 1922, the contractor made a mistake and built the addition slightly lower than the original building. To connect the two portions, steps were necessary. The lift rectifies the accessibility issue that the nearly 100-year-old snafu created. 

HPLM is America’s first presidential library and is celebrating its centennial this year. It is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.

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