The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved plans submitted by CTA Architects to partially replace the existing stairway in front of New York City Hall. Located within a wedge-shaped plaza between Broadway, Park Row, and Chambers Street, the historic structure was originally completed around 1812 and serves as the seat of the New York City government.
The scope of renovation includes the removal of the non-original limestone stairs that are badly cracked, uneven, and discolored. Granite stonework will eventually replace the stairs in addition to new ADA-compliant bronze handrails. Renderings also reveal a detachable bronze handrail, which proposals say is based on “historic precedent and existing programmatic needs.”
To further facilitate entry into the building for the mobility-challenged, the architects will install a permanent, steel-coated lift and ramp with a glass enclosure at the western edge of the building. The ramp would connect the street-level plaza to the elevated portico, replacing a temporary ramp currently in place.
The plans also include replacement of existing limestone pavers with granite that will be laid in a pattern that closely resembles original historic drawings.
In voting to approve the proposal, the LPC stipulated that the project team collaborate with City Hall staff to ensure that the lift will adequately facilitate access into the building.
At this time, the project team has not published a construction timeline for the renovation project.